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People meet and mingle at the entrance to the JCK Show.
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Headwinds Slow 2019 Vegas Business, Lab-grown Diamonds Proliferate

Decent demand for finished jewelry, but less for loose gems. Plus: Lab-grown diamonds and responsible, sustainable business practices.

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Two sections of the reconstructed Amber Room wall show the mirrored pilasters that separate the panels, the Florentine mosaics, and the intricate amber wreaths and clusters on and atop the cornice.
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The Amber Room: Born From Vanity, Re-Born From National Pride

The journey of a cultural landmark from Prussia to Russia. The first room is lost to history; the second is reconstructed by the Soviet Union.

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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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Identification of Extraterrestrial Peridot by Trace Elements
Identification of Extraterrestrial Peridot by Trace Elements

Twenty-six peridot samples from the Esquel pallasite meteorite and 27 samples from 10 terrestrial sources were studied by laser ablation.

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Tropidogyne flower in amber
Inclusions in Burmese Amber

Examples of Burmese amber specimens with well-preserved inclusions that have become available in recent years.

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Composite Amber with an Unusual Structure

This 9.12 gram amber composite featured a combination of natural and imitation amber, accompanied by natural and artificial insect inclusions.

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Baltic Amber map
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Historical Reading List: Baltic Amber

Amber has been found in various parts of the world, but the main historical source is the land that surrounds the Baltic Sea.

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Detail of the reconstructed Amber Room
The History and Reconstruction of the Amber Room

Chronicles the history of this cultural landmark, originally assembled for the Prussian king between 1701 and 1714, and its reconstruction by the Soviet Union starting in 1979.

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Amber and plastic reactions to illumination.
Plastic Amber Imitation in a Rosary

Examination reveals both amber and Bakelite plastic beads in a rosary submitted for identification.

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34th International Gemmological Conference

A report from the 34th IGC, held in Vilnius, Lithuania in August 2015.

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