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Three smaller cameos show the progression of craving a cameo from rough shell. They sit in sand alongside a shell with a fully carved cameo on it.
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Cameos: Timeless, Miniature Carvings for Jewellery Lovers

The rich history and lore of cameos make them a fascinating avenue into the world of collecting for history, mythology and jewellery buffs.

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Pearls, shells, and jewelry on table
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The Lure of American Freshwater Pearls: Revisiting the Latendresse Family

John Latendresse is known as the father of American cultured pearls. He was also a great natural pearl collector and left his family a remarkable natural pearl collection. The Latendresse family is well recognised in the American pearl industry and has long supported GIA pearl research. Come with us to revisit this family and their pearl collection.

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 Large open mussel shell with pink interior
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Freshwater Pearling in Tennessee

Natural pearl identification is one of the critical problems in pearl research. The DNA study of pearly molluscs and oysters facilitates the solving of this problem. To fulfil this goal, GIA sent a group from both Research and Education to Tennessee to sample the freshwater molluscs for DNA bar-coding. Come with us to Camden, Tennessee, to see how we dive for pearly shells.

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 Hand holding tube-shaped boulder opal
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Queensland Opal Fields: Home of the Unique Australian Boulder Opal

Boulder opal is becoming more and more popular. Australia’s central Queensland is home to more than a dozen of sources of this stone. Come with GIA field gemmologists to find out more about this unique gem.

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The Wittelsbach Blue

This article describes what is known about the Wittelsbach Blue since it was first reported in 1666, and the gemmological information released to date on this diamond.

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Green nephrite man’s ring on a beaded chain
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The Nephrite Jade Road: Evolution of the Green Nephrite Market

Along with the skyrocketing price of white nephrite, there is also a developing market for green nephrite in China. However, limited local supply has forced the Chinese to seek outside resources, opening the door to imports of green nephrite mined in British Columbia, Canada, and Siberia, Russia. This has created the well-developed and well-maintained nephrite jade road that connects the three countries, and which is described in this article.

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Leaf Motifs: Timeless Beauty for All Seasons of Jewellery

The humble leaf has captivated jewellery designers for centuries and they’ve transformed it into enduring pieces of beautiful jewellery.

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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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Indian necklace
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Jewellers to the Maharajas of Jaipur and Modern-Day Moguls

Enter a world not well-known in the West—the world of the maharajas and their jewellery, coveted by the modern-day moguls of business, entertainment and royalty. See the fantastic works of art made today in the form of enamelled Kundan meena jewellery and the regal look of polki diamonds.

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Heart Jewellery and Gems for a Valentine

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and enjoy these curated images of heart jewellery and gems that symbolise the centre of emotion.

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