Cut Quality Cliffs Notes

Last weekend I was asked to provide guidance for a quarantined self-gifter buying a diamond online. In order to make this online purchase she wanted a no-fail combination of weight, color, clarity and (drum roll, please) cut-quality.

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Read more about the article X-Ray diamond sorting ‘behind the scenes’
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X-Ray diamond sorting ‘behind the scenes’

Have you heard of X-Ray diamond sorting? If not, be my guest and travel behind the scenes to an alluvial diamond-mining operation overseen by our friends at Alrosa. They have provided an amazing video example of this efficient method of separating the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

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IGI North American President featured in INSTORE

Advocating proactivity during the ongoing crisis, IGI North American President Avi Levy champions the premise that this can't be an 'only the strong survive' scenario.

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Read more about the article Orlando Magazine advocates IGI Diamond Reports
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Orlando Magazine advocates IGI Diamond Reports

In their article titled "How to Buy a Diamond From Home" we are pleased to be Orlando Magazine's diamond grading laboratory of choice - especially in a piece relating to consumer confidence.

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Read more about the article Gambling with colored stones?
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Gambling with colored stones?

This fascinating game gets played where the resources are rich, but the people are poor. It is like being on the stock market floor, I suppose. A point upward or downward can quickly bring delight - or defeat.

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Read more about the article Can you solve this heist online?
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Can you solve this heist online?

Living in our world's new normal, is there a chance the thieves who shattered the Green Vault and plundered Dresden Castle would turn to e-Fencing or even outright anonymous sale?

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Read more about the article Why are we talking jewelry right now?
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Why are we talking jewelry right now?

It's a fair question. Health, safety and shelter must be our priorities right now. So why are people continuing to discuss, debate, and obsess over jewelry? Katherine, an active enthusiast in an online jewelry community, provided a response for the ages. Literally.

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Read more about the article Why IGI? Why now?
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Why IGI? Why now?

The new normal is here. We are quarantined and the future is unclear. IGI is not involved in health or government. However, as the world’s largest organization of our kind we can speak with authority about the current situation.

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Read more about the article A matter of expression
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A matter of expression

I was visiting with my esteemed colleague Luigi Costantini in Italy - practicing safe social email-distancing of course - and the topic of expressions came up. Namely, how the internet has influenced symbology.

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Read more about the article Livia Firth and ‘The Diamonds of Botswana’
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Livia Firth and ‘The Diamonds of Botswana’

Livia Firth and Andrew Morgan recently teamed up again to produce a 14-minute documentary, investigating the positive-seeming impact the diamond industry has on this mid-sized African country.

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Read more about the article Dispersion & fire are not the same thing
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Dispersion & fire are not the same thing

Dispersion is a physical constant. Fire is a variable aesthetic. Fortunately, the fact that these terms have been co-mingled and transposed over time creates an opportunity to revisit them and sharpen our skills as communicators.

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A little gossip about pearls

Whether we like it or not, human beings just can't resist a little gossip. So why not make the best of it? As a professional, mixing just the right amount into a sales presentation can add flavor.

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Read more about the article Cleaning diamonds from the ocean
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Cleaning diamonds from the ocean

For countless ages a steady stream of rough diamonds tumbled down the Orange and Vaal Rivers to the sea, washed there from inland volcanic pipes. Distributed far and wide along the coast by tidal activity, millions of carats now lie hidden beneath the territorial waters of Namibia.

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IGI India featured on CNBC TV18

Tehmasp Printer, Managing Director of IGI India, appeared on CNBC TV 18 India in a segment recapping the diamond business in 2019, from IGI’s perspective.

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