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Natural blister in the form of a pearlfish.
Natural Blister from Entombment of a Pearlfish Within a Pinctada Maxima Shell

A blister in a P. maxima shell, formed when the mollusk's nacre covered a trapped pearlfish, preserves the fish in stunning detail.

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Cat's-eye demantoid with well-aligned horsetail inclusions.
Cat's-Eye Demantoid and Brown Andradite with Horsetail Inclusions

The examination of two unusual garnets results in identifications issued for the first time in GIA's colored stone report records.

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Recently submitted 3.52 ct. CVD-grown diamond.
Five CVD Synthetic Diamonds Greater Than Three Carats

The GIA lab examines five gem-quality CVD-grown diamonds in sizes that reflect the improving technology of the synthetic gemstone industry.

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CVD overgrowth on natural diamond
A Synthetic Diamond Overgrowth on a Natural Diamond

Analysis of a diamond graded Fancy blue revealed a CVD synthetic overgrowth on natural diamond.

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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 mollusks and oysters facilitates solving this problem. To fulfill this goal, GIA sent a group from both research and education to Tennessee to sample the freshwater mollusks for DNA bar coding. Come with us to Camden, Tennessee, to see how we dive for pearly shells.

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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 recognized 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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5.19 ct CVD synthetic diamond
CVD Synthetic Diamond Over 5 Carats Identified by GIA

Results from GIA’s recent testing of a 5.19 ct CVD synthetic diamond, the largest it has examined to date.

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10.08 ct HPHT synthetic diamond with color equivalent to Fancy Deep blue
Blue HPHT Synthetic Diamond Over 10 Carats

Results from GIA’s recent testing of a 10.08 ct blue HPHT synthetic diamond, the largest HPHT synthetic recorded to date.

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HPHT-grown synthetic diamond melee.
Mixing of Natural Diamonds with HPHT Synthetic Melee

Screening reveals a surprise within a batch of synthetic diamond melee.

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Dattaw and Baw Mar
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Visit Two of Mogok’s Most Important Mines with GIA

Join GIA’s field gemologists as they visit two of Mogok’s most important mines: the Dattaw ruby mine and Baw Mar sapphire mine.

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