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Jewellers to the Maharajas of Jaipur and Modern-Day Moguls

Enter a world not well-known in the West—the world of the maharajas and their jewellery, coveted by the modern-day moguls of business, entertainment and royalty. See the fantastic works of art made today in the form of enamelled Kundan meena jewellery and the regal look of polki diamonds.

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Jaipur, India: The Emerald Cutting and Trading Powerhouse

Jaipur, India, is a leading emerald cutting and trading centre for the global gem and jewellery industry. See inside the industry with a GIA field team, and learn the intricacies of a business seldom seen by the public or most members of the industry.

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Shenzhen: The Frontier of China’s Gem and Jewellery Industry

All jewellery professionals are familiar with the city of Shenzhen, a global jewellery manufacturing centre and a leader of China’s fast-growing gem and jewellery industry. Join the GIA team as we tour the city and discover more about its leading jewellery brands.

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Searching for Emeralds in Afghanistan

GIA field gemmologists are a different breed. When Andy Lucas, GIA manager of Field Gemmology in Carlsbad, decided to take some holiday time, he didn’t make for the usual destinations. No beaches, ski resorts or cosmopolitan cities. Lucas instead headed off to Afghanistan, lured by deposits of fine emeralds.

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Unveiling the Cat’s-Eye Effect in a 75 ct Colombian Emerald Pair

This article examines the mysteries of rough emerald cutting through a spectacular pair of cat's-eye emeralds from Colombia.

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Emeralds of the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan
Emeralds of the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan

With the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, villagers in the Panjshir Valley are turning their attention to the emerald riches of the nearby Hindu Kush Mountains.

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"Modern" Jewellery: Retro to Abstract

A review of mid-20th century jewellery styles.

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