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A high-tech digitizing machine cradles the books for scanning instead of forcing them into a flat, spine-damaging position.
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Rare Books Project Puts Gem and Jewellery History Within Reach

More than 200 historically significant books housed in the GIA Library have been digitised and made available for free.

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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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Chow Tai Fook Expands Blockchain Initiative with GIA

Chow Tai Fook and GIA offer secure digital blockchain reports that document the diamond journey and grading information in one place.

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CVD, HPHT and Natural Diamonds
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Is There a Difference Between Natural and Laboratory-Grown Diamonds?

Learn about the differences – and similarities – between natural and laboratory-grown diamonds, and how GIA’s researchers and grading laboratories can tell the difference

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Detail of pendant elements heart and palmette shows twisted wire details (probably cast) and granulation soldered on.
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A New Life for Revival Jewellery Styles: Archaeological, Renaissance and Egyptian

Revival jewellery is inspired by the past – and wearing it connects us to the rich history of the beginning of civilisation.

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A group of rough sapphires encircle cut sapphires.
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Montana Yogo Sapphires’ Unique Gemmology

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

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Inside De Beers’ Lightbox Diamonds

GIA researcher analyses and confirms that De Beers’ Lightbox diamonds are grown using the chemical vapour deposition process.

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Three cultured pearls, one natural
Real-Time Microradiography of Pearls: A Comparison Between Detectors

Compares the image quality provided by real-time microradiographic imaging (RTX) units fitted with two different detectors: an image intensifier (II) and a flat panel detector (FPD).

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Emerald crystals from Colombia, Afghanistan, and Zambia
Photoluminescence Spectra of Emeralds from Colombia, Afghanistan and Zambia

Compares PL spectroscopy data of 48 emerald samples from three countries to evaluate the usefulness of the technique in geographic origin determination.

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Origin Determination of Dolomite-Related White Nephrite through Iterative-Binary Linear Discriminant Analysis

A technique for origin identification based on statistical analysis and LA-ICP-MS spectrometry.

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