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Three pieces of labradorite with yellow, blue and green flashes of color.
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Optical Effects of Phenomenal Cabochons

Learn how the structure, inclusions and properties of some gemstones interact with light to create unusual visual effects.

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Multi-colored gems are superimposed on an image of glacier peaks.
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Gems and Minerals from the Sub-Arctic

Circumnavigate the boreal reaches of the globe to explore gems from polar regions.

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Rough CLIPPIR diamonds
The Very Deep Origin of the World’s Biggest Diamonds

Explores an exceptional family of diamonds, referred to as “CLIPPIR” (Cullinan-like, Large, Inclusion-Poor, Pure, Irregular and Resorbed), that formed in a super-deep environment.

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The Unexpected Origins of Big Diamonds

Dr Evan Smith, Ph.D., GIA research scientist, has dedicated his work to methodically characterising the inclusions found in rare diamonds. In this video presentation recorded at the 2017 JCK Las Vegas show, Smith shares his findings on the unexpected ori

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Evan Smith studies images of diamond inclusions on a computer.
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Postdoctoral Programme Gives Scientists Access to Rare Research Opportunities

GIA’s postdoctoral programme gives researchers access to gemmological data, equipment, and rare, unusual and large gems in its laboratories.

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