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People meet and mingle at the entrance to the JCK Show.
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Headwinds Slow 2019 Vegas Business, Lab-grown Diamonds Proliferate

Decent demand for finished jewellery, but less for loose gems. Plus: Lab-grown diamonds and responsible, sustainable business practices.

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Two sections of the reconstructed Amber Room wall show the mirrored pilasters that separate the panels, the Florentine mosaics, and the intricate amber wreaths and clusters on and atop the cornice.
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The Amber Room: Born From Vanity, Reborn From National Pride

The journey of a cultural landmark from Prussia to Russia. The first room is lost to history; the second was reconstructed by the Soviet Union.

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Amber and plastic reactions to illumination.
Plastic Amber Imitation in a Rosary

Examination reveals both amber and Bakelite plastic beads in a rosary submitted for identification.

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Steam-dyed “chicken-fat yellow beeswax” amber.
Steam-Dyed Amber

Testing identifies a new treatment method as the cause of colour in beeswax amber.

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Tropidogyne flower in amber
Inclusions in Burmese Amber

Examples of Burmese amber specimens with well-preserved inclusions that have become available in recent years.

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18K yellow gold elephant pendant/brooch
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Good Luck Charms

Gems and jewellery are often used as good luck charms because they can evoke power and positivity. Check out these lucky charms used around the world.

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34th International Gemmological Conference

A report from the 34th IGC, held in Vilnius, Lithuania in August 2015.

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Blue amber beads from the Dominican Republic
Colour Phenomena of Blue Amber

Investigates the presence of fluorescence, rather than iridescence, as the cause of colour in blue amber from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia.

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Four types of heated Baltic amber
Experimental Studies on the Heat Treatment of Baltic Amber

Amber samples were heat-treated, using various procedures and parameters, in an effort to reproduce materials found in the jewellery market.

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Composite amber with an unusual structure

This 9.12 gram amber composite featured a combination of natural and imitation amber, accompanied by natural and artificial insect inclusions.

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