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Pearl Journey

Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic

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Pearl History and Lore

People have coveted natural pearls as symbols of wealth and status for thousands of years.

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Pearl Quality Factors

Learn about the factors that make pearls so desirable.

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Pearl Description

Perhaps the best-loved gems of all time, pearls—both natural and cultured pearls—occur in a wide variety of colours. Learn about the factors that make pearls so popular and desirable!

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The ABCs of Pearls Reveal Fascinating Aspects of Gems from the Deep

“The A-Z of Pearls”, with at least one pearl-related subject for each letter of the alphabet, was presented in Thailand recently.

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Guardians of Trust: GIA’s Innovative Research, Instruments and Services

GIA’s services and instruments have grown in importance and impact as new gem treatments and laboratory-grown gems have entered the market.

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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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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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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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