Gem Virtuosos: The Drehers and Their Extraordinary Carvings
A look at the artistic heritage of the Drehers, an influential family of gem carvers in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.
Jaipur, India: The Global Gem and Jewellery Power of the Pink City
Examines Jaipur’s role as a coloured stone cutting and jewellery manufacturing centre, with profiles of 17 companies and their factory, trading and retail operations.
Fabergé Cossack Figures Created from Russian Gemstones
Hardstone figures of two Russian imperial bodyguards, commissioned in 1912 by Nicholas II, demonstrate the House of Fabergé’s meticulous detail and craftsmanship.
A Crystallographic Analysis of the Tavernier Blue Diamond
This study uses both historical information and modern data to create a computer model of the Tavernier Blue, orienting the finished diamond within the original diamond crystal.
The French Blue and the Hope: New Data from the Discovery of a Historical Lead Cast
With the use of modern tools and technology, this article sheds light on the history and provenance of both the French Blue and the Hope diamonds.
The Cullinan Diamond Centennial: A History and Gemmological Analysis Of Cullinans I And II
Eight decades after the Cullinan diamond was mined, a team of gemmologists examined the two famous gems that were created from it to become part of the Crown Jewels of England.
The Creation of a Magnificent Suite of Peridot Jewellery: From the Himalayas to Fifth Avenue
This peridot article chronicles the creation of a fine suite of peridot jewellery from the mine in the Himalayas to the manufacture of the necklace, bracelet, ring and earrings.
A Foundation for Grading the Overall Cut Quality of Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds
The GIA diamond cut grading system described here includes the components of brightness, fire, scintillation, polish and symmetry, as well as weight and durability concerns, into a single overall grade for cut quality for standard round brilliants.
Fingerprinting of Two Diamonds Cut from the Same Rough
With the information from a combination of tools now available, the sophisticated gemmologist can fingerprint a given stone.
The Rise to Prominence of the Modern Diamond Cutting Industry in India
this article reviews the rise of the modern diamond cutting industry in India and its impact on the world diamond trade