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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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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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Detail of pendant elements heart and palmette shows twisted wire details (probably cast) and granulation soldered on.
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A New Life for Revival Jewellery Styles: Archaeological, Renaissance and Egyptian

Revival jewellery is inspired by the past – and wearing it connects us to the rich history of the beginning of civilisation.

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Pearls, shells, and jewelry on table
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The Lure of American Freshwater Pearls: Revisiting the Latendresse Family

John Latendresse is known as the father of American cultured pearls. He was also a great natural pearl collector and left his family a remarkable natural pearl collection. The Latendresse family is well recognised in the American pearl industry and has long supported GIA pearl research. Come with us to revisit this family and their pearl collection.

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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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Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
Books: Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

Review of Paul Koudounaris’s Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs.

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Cultured Pearls from the Gulf of California, Mexico

Black pearls have been found in Mexico’s Gulf of California since the area was settled more than 2,000 years ago.

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Update on the Identification of Treated “Golden” South Sea Cultured Pearls

This study demonstrates how atypical absorption features, particularly in the blue region of the spectrum, can be used to positively identify colour treatment.

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Identification of Yellow Cultured Pearls from the Black-Lipped Oyster Pinctada Margaritifera

Although the Pinctada margaritifera oyster usually is associated with the black pearls cultured in French Polynesia, it also can produce attractive large yellow cultured pearls.

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Spectral Reflectance and Fluorescence Characteristics of Natural-Colour and Heat-Treated “Golden” South Sea Cultured Pearls

A comparison study was made between the yellow and white nacre of the gold-lipped Pinctada maxima oyster shell and 65 yellow cultured pearls.

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