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Diamond History and Lore

The world’s love of diamonds began in India, where diamonds were gathered from the country’s rivers and streams. Some historians estimate that India was trading in diamonds as early as the fourth century BC.

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Patrick O’Shea stands in front of a staircase at the Javits Center in New York City.
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The Curious Life of Patrick O’Shea: From Ballistics Detective to Gemmologist and Jewellery Designer

Patrick O’Shea’s life’s journey led him down many career paths until they all came together as a designer who specialises in masonic jewellery.

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A multi-diamond brooch.
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2019 in Review: Diamond Trade Begins Recovery, Jewellery Retail Sector Blooms Late and Extraordinary Auction Sales

2019: A year of ups and downs in the gem and jewellery industry, including diamonds, retail, auction sales and laboratory-grown diamonds.

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A diamond necklace that features a 100.02 Fancy Intense yellow diamond. The pendant is done in the shape of a musical instrument.
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Bullish Predictions for 2019 Seasonal Sales Despite Concerns; Sotheby’s Hong Kong Auction Sales

US seasonal sales predictions are better than expected. Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction features a 100 ct yellow diamond necklace by GIA alumna Anna Hu.

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Alum’s Lifelong Quest: Searching for Jewellery Unicorns

Alan Nacht continues his family’s legacy - Bernard Nacht & Co. – and his quest for unforgettable jewellery.

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The octopus head is a baroque Tahitian cultured pearl and its arms are made of black, yellow and white diamond (in a striped pattern) set in black-plated 18K gold.
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A Tropical Paradise of Ocean-Inspired Jewellery and Gemstones

Escape to a warm-water paradise in your mind with these jewels that formed in the sea, are inspired by marine life and evoke the ocean’s essence.

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A ruby and diamond choker. The centre section is made of six strands of red pearls, framed by rubies and diamonds.
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Mughal Jewels Auction: Al-Thani Collection Raises $109 Million (£87.5 Million)

Collectors from around the world descended on Christie's Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence auction of the jewels from the Al-Thani Collection on 19 June.

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Emerald and diamond brooch.
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Jewels of Hollywood: Accessories and Jewellery that Made the Stars Shine

“Jewels of Hollywood”, on loan from the Kazanjian Foundation, showcases some of the jewellery and accessories associated with Hollywood royalty.

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People meet and mingle at the entrance to the JCK Show.
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Headwinds Slow 2019 Vegas Business, Lab-grown Diamonds Proliferate

Decent demand for finished jewellery, but less for loose gems. Plus: Lab-grown diamonds and responsible, sustainable business practices.

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Leaf Motifs: Timeless Beauty for All Seasons of Jewellery

The humble leaf has captivated jewellery designers for centuries and they’ve transformed it into enduring pieces of beautiful jewellery.

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