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Two blue sapphires side by side
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G&G Announces Most Valuable Article Awards

G&G announces the winners of the Dr Edward J. Gübelin Most Valuable Article Awards for 2019.

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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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Looking down the crystal axis of a back-lit 58.83 ct trapiche emerald
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Emerald: The Superstar of Trapiche Gemstones

Trapiche emeralds, which display a distinct six-spoke wheel pattern, set the standard as some of the finest and most spectacular crystals ever unearthed.

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A group of rough sapphires encircle cut sapphires.
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Montana Yogo Sapphires’ Unique Gemmology

A look at the mining and distinguishing characteristics of this naturally vibrant blue sapphire.

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The examined golden sheen sapphires.
Update on Trace-Element Chemical Characteristics of Golden Sheen Sapphire

An update the gemmological and chemical characteristics of golden sheen sapphires from Kenya.

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A black star sapphire with one set of golden rays and another set of silver rays.
Twelve-Rayed Star Sapphire from Thailand

A black star sapphire produced from eastern Thailand, showing both golden and silver rays, is studied at GIA’s Bangkok lab.

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Synthetic ruby overgrowth on natural sapphire seed.
Two Unusual Natural Sapphires with Synthetic Ruby Overgrowth

For the first time, the Carlsbad and New York labs see natural sapphire seeds with synthetic ruby overgrowth.

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Sustainably mined yellow sapphire with a transparent chain of custody.
Ethical and Sustainable Vertical Integration in the Sapphire Market

The recession of 2008 transforms a gem business into a vertically integrated operation.

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Photomicrographs of synthetic sapphire.
Multi-Elemental Diffused and Melt-Grown Synthetic Sapphire

GIA examines a multi-elemental diffused and melt-grown synthetic sapphire for the first time.

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Negative crystals creating rosette pattern.
Negative Crystals in Sapphires

Sapphires from Baw Mar host multiphase inclusions in appealing patterns.

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