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Italian Designer Forges Her Own Path in Bangkok

Young designer who grew up as part of an historic Italian jewelry boutique creates her own brand, company in Bangkok.

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A man holds a long round metal rounded column of metal with a ring on it. The ring is in focus, his face in the background is not.
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A ‘Game-Changing’ Quality Assurance System for Jewelry Workmanship

Education teams create a step-by-step system and terms to evaluate jewelry workmanship – in the classroom and the trade.

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Grandics, wearing black-framed glasses, is behind a bouquet of point-shaped molds.
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Emerging Designer Wins Grant to Create Ethical Brand

Designer’s frequent world travels laid a foundation of creative experimentation, design inspiration and social responsibility.

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Dr. Ken Fujita uses a loupe to examine a gemstone at his desk.
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Alumni Association Japan President’s Goal: Creating Connections for Graduates

Alum resolves to lead colleagues through tumultuous times after 2011 earthquake. Stresses importance of helping alumni connect.

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Tanzanite
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Tanzanite History and Lore

Tanzanite is relatively new to the colored stone galaxy. Almost overnight, tanzanite was popular with leading jewelry designers and other gem professionals, as well as with customers who had an eye for beautiful and unusual gems.

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Zircon

Although colorless when chemically pure, zircon is typically yellow-brown to brown. It also comes in red, blue, purple, and green. Because of its high brilliance and dispersion, colorless zircon has sometimes been used as a substitute for diamond in jewelry.

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Beryl

Chemically pure beryl is colorless, but trace elements give rise to green, blue and pink/red colors.

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Garnet
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Garnet

Often thought of as a deep red gemstone, garnet can also be yellow, orange, green or brown – any color except blue.

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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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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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