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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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Two people walk past a Kay Jewelers storefront.
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Jewellery Sales Show Modest Rise; Higher End Soars

US Christmas jewellery sales increased slightly from 2018. Online buying surged, while foot traffic in retail stores slowed.

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A face-up view of a cushion cut diamond with blue color.
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Gems & Gemology’s 7 Most Unusual Encounters from 2019

Check out some of the most interesting and unusual diamonds and coloured stones submitted to GIA’s laboratories in 2019.

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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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Sapphire
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Sapphire Quality Factors

Sapphire is one of the big three of coloured gemstones (the other two are ruby and emerald). This durable gemstone captures jewellery buyers with its practicality and aura of romance. Click here to find out more about the factors that make sapphire so desirable!

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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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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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Man sits at his desk with a display stand of multiple pieces of jewelry in front of him.
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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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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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