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Pearl farm on the Indonesian island of Lombok
Bead-Cultured and Non-Bead-Cultured Pearls from Lombok, Indonesia

Documents the retrieval and testing of P. maxima cultured pearls from a Lombok hatchery.

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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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An oval shaped bicolor tanzanite has purple on each side with blue-green in the middle.
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December Blues: Birthstone Gifts that Will Delight

Looking for a gift for someone special? December’s birthstones offer a treat for every taste, style and personality – even if it’s not their birth month.

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A rectangle-shaped gold box, decorated with filigree, granulation and gems.
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Metalwork Takes a Bow: Techniques that Enhance Gemstone Jewellery

This collection of jewellery images illustrates how metalwork techniques showcase gemstone and jewellery designs.

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Bead-cultured pearl necklace from China
Strong Pinkish Purple Freshwater Bead-Cultured Pearls

A necklace of Chinese freshwater bead-cultured pearls demonstrates the strides made in culturing techniques.

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A Mixture of Natural and Cultured Pearls
X-ray Computed Microtomography Applied to Pearls: Methodology, Advantages and Limitations

X-ray computed microtomography reveals the internal features of pearls in great detail.

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Worker attaching wax forms
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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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Photography Tips: A Gem’s Best Face Forward

Everyone would agree that exposure and focus are the most critical aspects to consider when photographing gems or jewellery. But there are two other practices that take this kind of photography even further: lighting and positioning of the gem or jewel. The first component ensures a successful photograph. The second makes a picture interesting – or even compelling.

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The Current Status of Chinese Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Chinese freshwater cultured pearls (FWCPs) are assuming a growing role at major gem and jewellery fairs, and in the market at large.

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Gemstone Durability: Design to Display

A treatise on the design, display, care and repair of fine gemstones.

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