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Rough CLIPPIR diamonds
The Very Deep Origin of the World’s Biggest Diamonds

Explores an exceptional family of diamonds, referred to as “CLIPPIR” (Cullinan-like, Large, Inclusion-Poor, Pure, Irregular, and Resorbed), that formed in a superdeep environment.

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A diagram uses four rulers to show how color, clarity, cut and carat weight are measured.
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Diamond Quality: A Short History of the 4Cs

You’ve heard about the 4Cs of diamond quality (color, clarity, cut, carat weight). But how did they become so well-known? Here’s a little diamond history.

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Fall 2016 Gems & Gemology Cover
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Fall 2016 G&G: CVD Synthetic Diamonds Survey, Reversible Color Change in Blue Zircon

A summary of the content found in the Fall 2016 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Evan Smith studies images of diamond inclusions on a computer.
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Postdoctoral Program Gives Scientists Access to Rare Research Opportunities

GIA’s postdoctoral program gives researchers access to gemological data, equipment and rare, unusual and large gems in its laboratories.

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A wide range of jewelry pieces with the round brilliant diamond cut
A Foundation for Grading the Overall Cut Quality of Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

The GIA diamond cut grading system described here includes the components of brightness, fire, scintillation, polish, and symmetry, as well as weight and durability concerns, into a single overall grade for cut quality for standard round brilliants.

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Couple Engagement Ring Shopping
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How to Purchase the Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring

Follow these tips to pick out the perfect engagement ring for the love of your life.

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Whitish Graining with an Amorphous Appearance
The Impact of Internal Whitish And Reflective Graining on the Clarity Grading of D-To-Z Color Diamonds at the GIA Laboratory

This article reviews the GIA Laboratory’s history of reporting on certain types of graining which are often the only characteristics present in large, high-clarity, high-color diamonds.

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Color Grading “D-to-Z” Diamonds at the GIA Laboratory

This article discusses the history and ongoing development of GIA's color grading system, and explains how its laboratory applies it.

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Unusual Dumbbell-Like Inclusion in Diamond

Examination of a 0.40 ct near-colorless round brilliant diamond with a large inclusion resembling a dumbbell

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UV/Vis/NIR Absorption Spectrum
Spectroscopic Evidence of GE POL HPHT-Treated Natural Type IIA Diamonds

Results from spectroscopic analyses of GE POL high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) annealed nominally type IIa diamonds are presented, and these spectral characteristics are compared with those of untreated diamonds of similar appearance and type.

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