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Longing for labradorite
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A favorite feldspar mineral in the moonstone family, labradorite is showing up in an array of designer jewelry that plays on the virtual light show gleaming from within this luminous gem. Think Aurora Borealis in stone. Called the "bringer of light," labradorite has a metallic sheen and is popular in shades of gray. It also can be black with flashes of blues and yellows or milky with golden glints. The finest material, known as spectrolite, is semitransparent blue with strong iridescence awash in a blend of colors including green and yellow when viewed from different angles. More

AGTA announces increased PGI sponsorship of Spectrum Awards
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AGTA announced that Platinum Guild International is returning as a sponsor for the 2011 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ jewelry design competition. AGTA also announced that the Platinum Honors awards would be expanded to include awards for entry platinum innovation, including bridal wear under $2,500, classical under $3,500 and day wear under $2,000. "We are very pleased to have PGI involved with the Spectrum Awards again this year," AGTA CEO Douglas K. Hucker said. More

How to sell more colored gemstones
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So you've been back from Tucson for a couple of months now, and it's time to decide if you are a successful gemstone seller or another frustrated collector. Will you carefully place the newly purchased demantoid garnet, Zultanite, Oregon sunstone, East African color-change garnet and that veritable rainbow of spinels next to your other 30 (or 300) gems in little plastic cells with barely legible prices and descriptions on the back? More


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Trade alert: 'Keshi' cultured pearls are entering natural pearl trade
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The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF has been receiving large quantities of saltwater pearls for certification in recent weeks. These pearls generally are characterized by an almost perfect appearance. The pearls often are accompanied with reports describing them as natural pearls, but their appearance has raised doubt among many natural pearl dealers. More

Emerald: May's symbol of spring
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If April birthday girls have it best with the diamond as their designated birthstone, May certainly comes in a close second. The emerald is May's birthstone, and if you've been following the red carpet the past few years, you'll notice stars like Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore are making us all green with envy as they bring the bauble back into the spotlight. Emerald is a green variety of the mineral, beryl, and has been prized for thousands of years for its lush green hues and rare beauty. More

Blue diamond sets new per carat price record
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Prices for blue diamonds continue to rise. At the Sotheby's auction in Geneva a 7.64-carat fancy intense blue cushion-shaped diamond mounted in yellow gold and platinum sold to an anonymous client for $8,034,503. That number sailed above the estimate of between $4 million and $6 million, setting a new record price of $1,051,636 per for carat for a fancy intense blue diamond sold at auction. More

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GIA, law officers join forces to fight international jewelry crime
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Special agents and detectives from international law enforcement agencies recently gathered at the Gemological Institute of America's Carlsbad campus for a two-week crash course in gemology that specifically was requested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Law officers from Brazil, Colombia, Belgium, India, Thailand, the U.K. and the U.A.E. joined detectives from the New York and Los Angeles police departments and FBI specials agents from New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C., to get a firsthand look at how gemological information can help them solve crimes. More

Tanzania mines chamber says law may damage confidence
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The Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy said the East African nation's new mining bill threatens to "significantly" reduce the mining industry's competitiveness. The chamber plans to "strongly appeal to the government to take urgent corrective measures before extensive damage is done to Tanzania’s budding mining industry," the Dar es Salaam-based body said in an e-mailed statement May 3. More

Skull jewelry: Victoire de Castellane's rock and roll jewelry collection for Christian Dior
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Christian Dior jewelry designer Victoire de Castellane brings a sense of art history and a sense of humor to her latest high jewelry collection for the brand. The Reines et Rois (Queens and Kings) collection is inspired by Vanitas paintings and sculptures created first by Baroque and later 19th-century Dutch artists. The Vanitas iconography is typically represented by images of skulls, and serves as a memento mori -- a reminder of the fleeting nature of life and therefore the importance of celebrating life in the here and now. More

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