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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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Ruby-bearing gravel bed in Mugloto.
Update on Gemstone Mining in Northern Mozambique

Recounts an expedition to Mozambique’s important deposits of ruby, spinel, and tourmaline, which have yet to be fully explored.

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Gem Fossicking: Recreational Mining in Australia

Fossicking is a special type of mining activity that Australians love. Australia is a large country rich in many types of gem resources. Come to Australia with the GIA field gemology team to feel the passion of gem fossicking in the southern hemisphere.

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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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El Pulpito, the landmark overlooking the Chivor mine
In Rainier’s Footsteps: Journey to the Chivor Emerald Mine

Chronicles the famed emerald source through the adventures of Peter W. Rainier, who directed the mine from 1926 to 1931 and restored its former glory.

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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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Jaipur, India: The Emerald Cutting and Trading Powerhouse

Jaipur, India, is a leading emerald cutting and trading center for the global gem and jewelry industry. See inside the industry with a GIA field team, and learn the intricacies of a business seldom seen by the public or most members of the industry.

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Colored Gems – Mine to Market
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Mine to Market: The ‘Adventure Story’ of Colored Stones

A GIA team travels the world to discover and document what happens as colored gems travel from mine to market.

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Shenzhen: The Frontier of China’s Gem and Jewelry Industry

All jewelry professionals are familiar with the city of Shenzhen, a global jewelry manufacturing center and a leader of China’s fast-growing gem and jewelry industry. Join the GIA team as we tour the city and discover more about its leading jewelry brands.

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How to Travel Brazil: Gemstones Edition

Brazil is a tropical locale well-known for exotic animals and plants, futból, sandy beaches, and jungle-clad mountains. Some of these mountains rise like monuments in the middle of cities, such as Sugarloaf Mountain in the ever-colorful and playful Rio de Janeiro. The country also contains the renowned Amazon River, not to mention superb gemstones in a kaleidoscope of saturated, luscious colors.

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