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The Belmont Mine and an Emerald’s Journey from Mine to Market

Follow a significant emerald from the Belmont emerald mine in Brazil to a retailer in Bangkok and learn the story of one of the world’s most modern colored gemstone mines, while seeing how a gemstone moves from mine-to-market.

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Melee: Building Blocks of Contemporary Design

Learn about the versatility of melee in jewelry design and how to design and engineer long-lasting jewelry using GIA Quality Assurance Benchmarks.

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Mozambique: A Ruby Discovery for the 21st Century

Join GIA on location at the Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique, the most important ruby discovery of this new century.

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A jadeite necklace of graduated beads.
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Jade Report: Increased Mining Creates Large Stockpiles

Myanmar’s jade stocks are piling up in gem warehouses near the border and in dealer safes. Mining has far exceeded the market’s ability to absorb it.

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Jaipur, India: The Global Gem and Jewelry Power of the Pink City

Examines Jaipur’s role as a colored stone cutting and jewelry manufacturing center, with profiles of 17 companies and their factory, trading, and retail operations.

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Ups and Downs of 2016 Make for an Uncertain 2017

The diamond industry was slow to recover in 2016 and colored gems got a welcome shot in the arm. Mixed signals leave no clear indicators for 2017.

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Diamonds in Canada

This article chronicles the discovery of primary diamond deposits throughout Canada, whose increasing supply of rough stones will have a growing impact on the world diamond industry.

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Historical Reading: Baltic Amber

Amber has been found in various parts of the world, but the main historical source is the land that surrounds the Baltic Sea.

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Green nephrite man’s ring on a beaded chain
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The Nephrite Jade Road: Evolution of the Green Nephrite Market

Along with the skyrocketing price of white nephrite, there is also a developing market for green nephrite in China. However, limited local supply has forced the Chinese to seek outside resources, opening the door to imports of green nephrite mined in British Columbia, Canada, and Siberia, Russia. This has created the well-developed and well-maintained nephrite jade road that connects the three countries, and which is described in this article.

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Hands hold a blue-green piece of rough sapphire.
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Don’t Miss Out on 2016 Continuing Education Recognition Program

This media-rich, interactive program makes it possible for GIA graduates to stay up to date with the latest gem and jewelry news and information.

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