The Spinel Murder Mystery of 2015
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The Spinel Murder Mystery of 2015

Mystery \ mist(ə)rē \ : inexplicable or secretive quality or character. A plot. An (international) intrigue, along with the solution to an enigma whose clues seem to lead to obvious…

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Happy New Year expressions from IGI around the world
Photo Credit: IGI Shanghai

Happy New Year expressions from IGI around the world

Around the world, IGI celebrated the arrival of New Year's Day over a period of 16 hours. As we celebrated from one location to the next and the next - stepping into January with anticipation and excitement - we thought it would be nice to start the new year with these positive expressions and sentiments.

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See the Asteroid worth more than our global economy
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See the Asteroid worth more than our global economy

The valuable asteroid composed entirely of iron and nickel drew to within 1.6 astronomical units (AU) of Earth over the weekend. If you're in the USA grab your telescope, escape light-pollution, find an elevated position and look to the north. 16 Psyche will be in the constellation of Taurus tonight.

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Diamond teleportation? Beam me up, Scotty!
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Diamond teleportation? Beam me up, Scotty!

Did you know whatever device you're using to read this post - mobile, tablet or desktop - wouldn't exist without lab-grown diamonds? Did you know diamonds are being used for medical imaging, quantum entanglement and (you read it right) teleportation? Read on.

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Nasa, SpaceX and mining diamonds
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Nasa, SpaceX and mining diamonds

As the world watches the engaging achievements of NASA and SpaceX - and Boeing sits in the wings hungry to make their own space-shots - let's take a fanciful look at the landscape ahead for diamond and jewelry enthusiasts.

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The big pink disappointment
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The big pink disappointment

They had been smacking their lips at the Argyle diamond mine. They were hungry to receive the $10 million that beautiful, rare rough pink diamond would bring them. Alas, evil fate!

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Paintings or gemstone inclusions?
Photo credit: Geppi Imperatore

Paintings or gemstone inclusions?

Are close-ups of gemological inclusions actually works of art, painted by Mother Nature in anticipation of our creative human inspirations? When exploring the mysterious spaces of crystals we must sometimes ask ourselves whether we've stepped into another area, the field of real art.

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Natural diamond? Lab-grown diamond? How to choose?
Photo by Jeremy Bishop

Natural diamond? Lab-grown diamond? How to choose?

“A diamond is forever,” but the makers of that slogan considered it a two-way street, connecting a diamond’s billion-year past with an infinite-future. They never imagined someone proposing with a “forever” diamond that’s younger than the bride.

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And the 4.4 billion-year-old winner is –
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And the 4.4 billion-year-old winner is –

The oldest earth-born object known to man, this tiny item is a part of our planet's crust which crystallized an astounding 4.4-billion-years ago. Older than our planet's diamonds. Older, even, than extraterrestrial iron and crystal that fell to earth from the sky.

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