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Sleek hematite
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Once used primarily for mourning jewelry, Hematite has found a new fan base with modern designers who look to the shape of the stone and the sleek impression it conveys. So while Hematite had its day as an element in Victorian jewelry due to its dark tone, and found favor in men's intaglio rings for years, its experiencing a revival with designers who utilize this highly reflective stone for their contemporary collections. More

Stock up on jewelry: Hyperinflation on the way
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If the fears of hyperinflation are realized, you'll look back with pride on your luxury purchases. All that money you've sunk into custom jewelry and top-of-the-line stones will make you look like an absolute genius. Well, that's the position of South African billionaire Johann Rupert. According to Bloomberg News, the told investors, "If we enter hyperinflation, you're going to be so glad that you bought that stuff two months or six months ago." He added, "If inflation picks up, you're going to see people running into your stores, buying high jewelry." More

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt design sparkly, slithery things
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When you're as shiny as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, it would stand to reason that you would create shiny things too, right? Hollywood's most golden couple have teamed with high-end jeweler Asprey for a capsule collection called "The Protector," according to Women's Wear Daily. The shimmering gold and silver accessories are inspired by snakes. More

The Authentic Optix® Cut Revolutionizes the Appearance of Precious Gems.
Employing advanced light refraction science, Optix® stones are precisely cut with concave faceting to reflect significantly more light than stones with flat faceting. The result is a stone with unmatched brilliance. MORE

Why jewelers love critters and beasts
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Ever since Cartier unleashed its first Panthère brooch in 1914, beasts have been prowling the workshops of the world's master jewelers. Over the past year, sightings from the animal kingdom have exploded into a stampede of pigs, parrots, flamingos, owls, spiders, giraffes, piranhas, puppies and even bats. Designers are drawn to animal life because of the flowing lines and potential as three-dimensional sculpture. More

Russian grand princess' jewelry to be sold at auction
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Unique jewelry that belonged to the Russian Imperial Family will be put up for an international auction of the Sotheby's Company. The auction will be held on Tuesday at the fashionable Bo Rivage Hotel in Geneva. Apart from decorations with such rich history another 400 lots, including a rare collection of natural colored diamonds - blue, green and rose - will be put up for auction. More

Three large colored diamonds recovered at Saxendrift diamond mine
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Mining Weekly reports that diamond exploration company Rockwell Diamonds has recovered three large colored diamonds at its Saxendrift alluvial diamond mine located in South Africa. The three diamonds recovered last month include a salmon-pink stone of 30.54 carats as well as two intense fancy yellow diamonds of 35.54 carats and 36.32 carats. More

Engagement rings sold with a honeymoon on the side
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Virginia jewelry store Valentines Jewelry has taken drastic measures to ensure that the recession doesn't affect their sales of diamonds, giving away cruise vacations to all who dare to purchase one of their participating diamonds. For those in the market for an engagement ring, a side of honeymoon up for grabs is a major selling point; although a quickie wedding is a must since the certificates for the one week Caribbean cruises must be used within 1 year of receipt. More

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Gem haven loses its lustre
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On a recent Saturday morning, Inn Chhoeun placed 100 empty charcoal sacks in a truck he had borrowed from his neighbor and drove to Boryakhar commune in Cambodia. He worked until lunchtime, using a shovel to fill each sack with dirt. In the afternoon, he drove to a bridge spanning the O'Chra river, where, after placing the sacks on the riverbank, he spent the rest of the weekend sifting through their contents, searching for rubies and sapphires amid the plant roots and gravel. More

New book gives rare insight into colored diamonds
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While colored diamonds represent an increasingly important part of the diamond trade, there is little information about them in the popular literature. However, this has been put right by the new edition of "Diamonds" by Marijan Dundek, a leading authority in the field with a lengthy experience in the diamond trade. More

American Gemological Laboratories: Your Colored Gemstone and Origin Specialist
America's first and most highly respected laboratory for identification, treatments and origin reporting. AGL's experienced specialists and advanced analytical techniques uncover the secrets of every stone. Our reports are accepted throughout the industry, including wholesalers, retailers, auction houses and most importantly consumers. MORE

A brave new world of freshwater pearls
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If you've always been in love with pearls but not so much in love with the price tag on a typical strand of perfect pink-and-cream akoyas, you're in luck. The pearl has been through a major transition over the past decade; Chinese producers have begun culturing and marketing a whole new segment of freshwater pearls that are beautiful, colorful and best of all, affordable. Freshwaters, as their name suggests, are grown in freshwater lakes as opposed to saltwater, where traditional akoyas are cultured, mainly in Japanese waters. This change in pearl farming has meant profound differences in the variety of pearls available on the market. Chinese freshwaters offer greater choice, higher quality and lower prices. More


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