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The Stories Behind the Photos: A Gigantic Aquamarine and ‘Gaudy’ Nature

Gemmological photojournalist Robert Weldon shares the stories behind some of his favourite photos.

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What Country Do My Diamonds and Other Gemstones Come From?

Dr James Shigley shares how GIA determines coloured stone origin and the mysteries of diamond origin.

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Not All That Glitters is Gold — Sometimes it is Mozambican Rubies

Learn about Mozambican rubies, including their mining history, characteristics and market demand.

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Arizona Road Trips: Wild West Gem and Mineral Localities

Arizona’s scenic desert and mountain landscape is the perfect backdrop for a modern Wild West road trip in search of gem and mineral treasures.

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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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An Early Byzantine Engraved Almandine from the Garibpet Deposit, Telangana State, India: Evidence for Garnet Trade Along the Ancient Maritime Silk Road

Analyses the chemical composition and inclusion characteristics of this ancient artefact.

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Gemmological Characterisation of Sapphires from Yogo Gulch, Montana

A look at the mining and distinguishing characteristics of this naturally vibrant blue sapphire.

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Geologist’s Newest Mission: Share the Love of Coloured Gemstones

African-born coloured stone specialist visits America and changes his life forever; finding love, earning his GG and starting a new career.

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Akoya Cultured Pearl Farming in Eastern Australia

Characterises the akoya cultured pearls produced on the eastern shoreline of Australia using native Pinctada imbricata fucata molluscs.

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Colombian Emerald Industry: Winds of Change

A first-hand look at Colombia’s emerald mines and the cutting and trading industry in Bogotá.

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