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Three light-to-medium blue carved sculptures sit in a line – from larger to smaller.
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Making the Cut: The Art and Science of Fantasy Carving

Gem cutters - whether “gem whisperers” or mathematicians - create breathtakingly artistic individual gems and sculptures.

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Close-up shot of 18K yellow gold, emerald, enamel and diamond lariet suite, inclusing ring, lariet, pendant and earrings.
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GIA Scholarship Helps Designer Build Technical Skills and Creativity

JDT programme gives designer the skills and techniques – and freedom – to create the designs that move past the trends.

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Lattice-patterned gems encase an 18K gold kaleidoscope.
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Katzenbach Designs Honoured with Two AGTA Awards in Two Years

Designer specialises in Maine tourmaline, precision faceting, fantasy-cut gemstones and custom-designed jewellery.

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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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Pleochroism in Faceted Gems: An Introduction

Describes the phenomenon of pleochroism and its complex effect on the appearance of coloured stones.

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And Then Came the Fantasy Cut

Once upon a time, gem cutting was a strict craft bound by centuries of tradition. Then Bernd Munsteiner (b. 1943) invented the fantasy cut.

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