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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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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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Jewellery that Speaks the Language of Flowers

A flower is one of nature’s most delicate delights, so it’s natural that jewellery designers have long found inspiration in them, seeking to capture their fleeting beauty in jewellery.

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Spring 2015 G&G Examines Blue Spinel, Chinese Jewellery Design and the Latest in Synthetics

G&G Brief presents an overview of the content of the Spring 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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An Examination of Four Important Gems

Several famous and historical gemstones in the Smithsonian's collection are examined and reported on.

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Padparadscha: What's in a Name?

An examination of the term used to describe a sapphire the colour of a lotus blossom.

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Abstracts; Autumn 2009

This article, from the Autumn 2009 issue of Gems & Gemology, is a compilation of abstracts of important gemmology-related articles published outside of Gems & Gemology.

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Sapphire History and Lore

Traditionally, sapphire symbolises nobility, truth, sincerity and faithfulness.

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