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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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US Retailers Continue to Cite ‘Challenging’ Environment, Synthetic Melee Detected

Economists recognize that the decline in middle class purchasing power is directly affecting some consumer products – including jewelry.

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A scattering of rough diamonds
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De Beers Optimistic as Sales Revive; Luxury Houses Remain Cautious

De Beers has largest cycle (sight) in more than two years. Luxury sales have begun to rise again after a negative year.

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‘Hippie’ Designer-Appraiser Follows Her Heart, Re-ignites Local Alumni Chapter

Rebecca Buys, GG, with a fulfilling career as a designer and appraiser, guides GIA alumni opportunities in San Diego, California.

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How to Photograph Gems & Jewelry

Learn tips and tricks for taking great photos of gems and jewelry, even from your mobile device’s high-resolution camera.

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Pearl Journey

Perfect shining spheres. Lustrous baroque forms. Seductive strands, warm to the touch. Pearls are simply and purely organic

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Pearl Description

Perhaps the best-loved gems of all time, pearls—both natural and modern cultured pearls—occur in a wide variety of colors.

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The History and Gemology of Queen Conch "Pearls"

This article reviews the history of the conch "pearl," discusses S. gigas and its fisheries, and examines the gemological properties and other characteristics of this attractive material.

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Gemstone Durability: Design to Display

A treatise on the design, display, care and repair of fine gemstones.

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Abstracts; Winter 1991

This article, from the Winter 1991 issue of Gems & Gemology, is a compilation of abstracts of important gemology-related articles published outside of Gems & Gemology.

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