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Photography Tips: A Gem’s Best Face Forward

Author: , Oct 2 Topics: Gemology, Jewelry

Everyone would agree that exposure and focus are the most critical aspects to consider when photographing gems or jewelry. But there are two other practices that take this kind of photography even further: lighting and positioning of the gem or jewel. The first component ensures a successful photograph. The second makes a picture interesting – or even compelling.

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Seeking Ruby and Sapphire in Malawi

GIA Field Gemologists visit Chimwadzulu Ruby Mine, Malawi

Author: GIA Staff , Oct 2 Topics: Gemology, Mining

Visit Malawi’s Chimwadzulu ruby mine with GIA Field Gemologist Vincent Pardieu.

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Jewelry that Speaks the Language of Flowers

Author: , Oct 2 Topics: Design, Fashion

A flower is one of nature’s most delicate delights, so it’s natural that jewelry designers have long found inspiration in them, seeking to capture their fleeting beauty in jewelry.

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Chasing the Rainbow: Australia Opal Fields Expedition

Author: Tao Hsu, Andrew Lucas, and Vincent Pardieu , Sep 30 Topics: Gemology, Mining

Australia is the most famous source of opals in the world. The black opals from Lightning Ridge are the most valuable opals ever produced. Journey with us on this expedition to the Australian outback to see how these rugged individuals mine opals and why they chase the rainbow of color.

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Discover Mozambique’s Montepuez Ruby Mine

Discover Mozambique’s Montepuez Ruby Mine with GIA’s Field Gemologists

Author: GIA staff , Sep 25 Topics: Gemology, Mining

See inside the world’s most productive ruby mining operation with GIA’s field gemology team.

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Michele della Valle Book Cover

Books: Michele della Valle: Jewels and Myths

Author: Dr. Matilde Parente , Sep 23 Topics: Design, Jewelry

Review of Michele della Valle: Jewels and Myths, by Michele della Valle.

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Tips From the Bench
How to Modify a Goldsmith Hammer

Compiled by GIA’s Jewelry Manufacturing Arts Instructors

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The First Point of Reference for Gems and Jewelry

Located on GIA's Carlsbad campus, The Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center is the largest, most complete library of its kind.

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