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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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Sapphire Mining Along the Upper Missouri River

A GIA team from Education and Lab Services visited the upper Missouri River sapphire deposits in Montana. The first sapphire discovery in the Treasure State, these deposits have been mined for over 150 years. The team witnessed the mining at the richest source, Eldorado Bar, and purchased a mine run to enrich GIA’s corundum collection.

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Jewelers to the Maharajas of Jaipur and Modern-Day Moguls

Enter a world not well-known in the West—the world of the maharajas and their jewelry, coveted by the modern-day moguls of business, entertainment, and royalty. See the fantastic works of art made today in the form of enameled Kundan meena jewelry and the regal look of polki diamonds.

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Jewelry that Speaks the Language of Flowers

A flower is one of nature’s most delicate delights, so it’s natural that jewelry designers have long found inspiration in them, seeking to capture their fleeting beauty in jewelry.

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Spring 2015 G&G Examines Blue Spinel, Chinese Jewelry Design and the Latest in Synthetics

G&G Brief presents an overview of the content of the Spring 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Sapphire History and Lore

Traditionally, sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness.

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An Examination of Four Important Gems

Several famous and historical gemstones in the Smithsonian's collection are examined and reported on.

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Padparadscha: What's in a Name?

An examination of the term used to describe a sapphire the color of a lotus blossom.

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Abstracts; Fall 2009

This article, from the Fall 2009 issue of Gems & Gemology, is a compilation of abstracts of important gemology-related articles published outside of Gems & Gemology.

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