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Miners use shovels and sluicing equipment to search for diamonds near the Vaal River in South Africa.
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Historical Reading: The Diamond Fields of South Africa: Part 2 (1893-2014)

Within a few years of their discovery, the diamonds deposits of South Africa produced more diamonds than had come from India in two millennia.

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An early black and white photo that shows deep trenches dug into the ground in the search for diamonds. Ladders and ropes help the miners excavate and traverse the mine.
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Historical Reading: The Diamond Fields of South Africa: Part 1 (1868-1893)

The discovery of diamonds in South Africa in early 1867 marked the start of an historic period of diamond exploration.

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Diamond History and Lore

The world’s love of diamonds began in India, where diamonds were gathered from the country’s rivers and streams. Some historians estimate that India was trading in diamonds as early as the fourth century BC.

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A large group of people outside on GIA’s Carlsbad, California  campus.
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Guardians of Trust: GIA’s Innovative Research, Instruments and Services

GIA’s services and instruments have grown in importance and impact as new gem treatments and laboratory-grown gems have entered the market.

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A ruby and diamond choker. The centre section is made of six strands of red pearls, framed by rubies and diamonds.
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Mughal Jewels Auction: Al-Thani Collection Raises $109 Million (£87.5 Million)

Collectors from around the world descended on Christie's Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence auction of the jewels from the Al-Thani Collection on 19 June.

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Emerald and diamond brooch.
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Jewels of Hollywood: Accessories and Jewellery that Made the Stars Shine

“Jewels of Hollywood”, on loan from the Kazanjian Foundation, showcases some of the jewellery and accessories associated with Hollywood royalty.

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The entrance to the GemGenève show featured a large graphic wall.
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Trade Hopes for a Bright 2019 Vegas Show

All eyes are on the upcoming jewellery sales events in the US – the Luxury and JCK shows in Las Vegas – as business slows down in other parts of the world.

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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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A model holds a large cut-corner square diamond with three fingers.
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De Beers Ups Supply; US Federal Trade Commission Warns About ‘Eco’ Claims

DeBeers responds to fluctuations, and the FTC issues warnings on laboratory-grown diamonds. Plus: 302.37 ct Graff Lesedi La Rona is revealed.

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The Smithsonian Gem and Mineral Collection

A behind-the-scenes exploration of the Smithsonian's Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals.

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