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The Glory of Green Gems

Green gemstones, which can uplift and heal our spirits, have been popular gem choices ever since we began to adorn ourselves with jewelry.

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Turquoise with Fingerprint Pattern

A fingerprint pattern, possibly left by human skin oils during the assembly process, is observed in natural turquoise beads.

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Turquoise from Zhushan County, Hubei Province, China
Turquoise from Zhushan County, Hubei Province, China

A relatively new source of gem-quality turquoise is hosted within slates in Zhushan County of China’s Hubei Province.

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Recent production of turquoise from Polk County, Arkansas
Turquoise from Western Arkansas

A report on turquoise from the only known U.S. deposit outside of the Southwest.

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Remedios, home of rutilated quartz mining community.
Golden Rutilated Quartz Artisanal Mining Community

Plans to develop a collective in a remote Brazilian rutilated quartz mining community are unveiled.

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Dyed and impregnated turquoise.
Impregnated and Dyed Turquoise

Natural turquoise has been subjected to dyeing and three types of impregnation.

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Turquoise-Rock Crystal Composite

Examination of a faceted rock crystal backed by a slice of turquoise—an obvious but unusual combination of gem materials.

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The gems spell out “The 2000th Gem Stone Design.”
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Gemstone ‘Paintings’ Tell Story of a Master Craftsman, Gem and Jewelry Mentor

A jeweler who quietly built a circle of inspiration and influence lives on in generations of GIA-educated jewelers and gemologists.

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Starlet in sunglasses above title “Hooray for Hollywood
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M.D. Hohenstine’s Gem Displays: The Process of Creating Popular Window Art with Loose Gemstones

Jeweler M.D. Hohenstine’s spectacular window displays were a beloved tradition in downtown Columbus, Ohio, for more than 50 years.

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Handmade Starship Enterprise
“Boldly Go” with a Southwest-Inspired Starship Enterprise

An eye-catching replica from a cult TV favorite is found in Tucson.

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