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GIA to Launch Japan Education Program
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is planning to open an educational campus in Tokyo featuring courses in gemstones and diamonds to help strengthen Japan’s industry, the organization announced.“The expansion of our activities with updated educational offerings will...
Polished Markets Oct 09, 2017 Rapaport News
GIA Career Fair 2013
GIA Opens Applications for $2M of Scholarships
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is offering morethan $2 million in scholarships for its 2018 education programs, the laboratorysaid Monday.Scholarships are available for online distance-learningcourses and for classes at the GIA’s campuses in Bangkok, Carlsbad,...
Financial-Legal Aug 02, 2017 Rapaport News
AGS Awards 2017 James Shigley, Myriam Gumuchian, P
Shigley, Gumuchian and Engel Receive AGS Honors
The American Gem Society (AGS) honored three accomplishedfigures in the gem and jewelry industry at a ceremony in New York last week.Dr. James Shigley, a distinguished fellow of the GemologicalInstitute of America (GIA), picked up the Lifetime Achievement...
Polished Markets Jul 30, 2017 Rapaport News
Diamond in the ruff
Diamond in the Ruff: Dog Eats $16K Ring
When Charlie Jackson and his wife Carol noticed her $16,000(GBP 12,000) engagement ring was missing, and saw the accompanying wedding ringstrewn on the floor, it was soon obvious what had happened.The British...
Rough Markets Jul 18, 2017 Joshua Freedman
Diamond vs topaz HRD Antwerp
HRD Detects Topaz Imitating Diamonds
HRD Antwerp has identified two stones thatwere believed to be diamonds as topaz, reflecting a trend to fool rough diamondbuyers with the cheaper gemstone.The two large, near-colorless roughstones, weighing 50.08 carats and 38.18 carats, were...
Rough Markets Jul 16, 2017 Rapaport News
Pink GIA diamond CVD H4 defect
GIA Finds Baffling Flaw in CVD Diamond
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) doesn’t usuallydeclare itself stumped, but a recent discovery of a flaw in a synthetic diamondthat’s almost always associated with natural stones left scientists scratchingtheir heads.Gemologists studying a round, brilliant-cut, 0.26-carat,pink laboratory-grown...
Technology Jul 02, 2017 Joshua Freedman
GIA Smart-Card
The GIA’s Forays into Diamond Tracking
What business does a gemological laboratory have telling stories about diamonds? That was the unspoken question Matt Crimmin had to answer in his presentations at JCK Las Vegas earlier this month. As vice president of lab...
Polished Markets Jun 29, 2017 Avi Krawitz
Blockchain
Blockchain Verification Being Tested in Singapore
The Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX) is testing blockchain technology as a way to authenticate ownership of diamonds, noting the methodology could cut costs and improve efficiency in the industry.Blockchain is a public database of transactions that allowsanyone on the...
Polished Markets Jun 18, 2017 Rapaport News
JCK Entrance
Slower Visitor Traffic at JCK
There was a bit of a debate raging among exhibitors at the JCK Las Vegas show, and part of it revolved around the organizers’ decision not to hold the event over a weekend. Buyer traffic was down — according...
Polished Markets Jun 07, 2017 Avi Krawitz
IGT
Diamond Dealers Club to Move Office in June
New York’s Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) has finalized its moveto the city’s International Gem Tower (IGT) and will relocate its offices therenext month.The DDC has closed on the purchase with Extell...
Polished Markets May 29, 2017 Rapaport News
Diamond inspection 140
Hong Kong Dealers Face Random Synthetics Checks
Hong Kong’s diamond-promotion body plans to start checking wholesalers’ inventory for synthetics, as part of a program aimed at boostingconsumer confidence and giving retailers better peace of mind.The Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China (DFHK) has been...
Polished Markets May 22, 2017 Joshua Freedman
De Beers
De Beers Ventures into Polished Diamond Sales
De Beers will start selling its own polisheddiamonds in auctions starting this June.Under the pilot scheme, the miner will sella range of polished stones manufactured directly from De Beers rough by third-partycontractors, the company said...
Polished Markets May 18, 2017 Rapaport News
GIA hybrid diamond
GIA Spots Natural Diamond with CVD Blue Layer
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has found anatural diamond with a synthetic coating that tints it blue – and has warned thatmore such hybrids might be on the market.The 0.33-carat stone, which had been graded...
Technology May 04, 2017 Rapaport News
Susan Jacques
GIA Launches Synthetics Detector for Jewelry
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has unveiled anew machine for identifying synthetic diamonds, including stones that have beenmounted in jewelry.Using advanced spectroscopic technology, the machine canpinpoint natural, untreated diamonds above approximately...
Technology Apr 18, 2017 Rapaport News
synthetic
Signet, DPA Setting Synthetics Detection Criteria
Signet Jewelers is working with the Diamond ProducersAssociation (DPA) and product-testing firm UL on an initiative to establish qualitycriteria for equipment that detects synthetics, the jeweler said.The project with UL, formerly Underwriters Laboratories –and not...
Retail Apr 06, 2017 Joshua Freedman
GIA artisanal miners guide
GIA Launches Gem Guide for Artisanal Miners
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is piloting a freegemology guide for artisanal miners in producing countries.The aim is to offer basic gemological and market knowledge inregions where gem-mining takes place, the institute said Tuesday. The...
Mining Apr 05, 2017 Rapaport News
James Shigley GIA
GIA’s James Shigley to Get AGS Award
The American Gem Society (AGS) will honor senior GemologicalInstitute of America (GIA) gemologist James Shigley with its Lifetime AchievementAward later this year.Shigley, a distinguished research fellow at the GIA (pictured), willreceive the accolade...
Polished Markets Mar 07, 2017 Rapaport News
Melee diamonds
GIA Finds Significant Undisclosed Synthetics
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) recently uncovered an unusually large number of undisclosed synthetic diamonds mixed in with natural melee diamonds, the lab confirmed with Rapaport News on Monday. A parcel of 323 melee diamonds with...
Polished Markets Mar 07, 2017 Avi Krawitz
Hong Kong Show - March 2017
5 Lessons from the Hong Kong Show
The Hong Kong show was better than expected for the diamond trade, as Chinese jewelers were looking for goods after being absent from the market for some time. But while exhibitors...
Polished Markets Mar 07, 2017 Avi Krawitz
Anna Martin GIA Diamond Empowerment Fund DEF
GIA Executive to Head Diamond Empowerment Fund
The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has named Anna Martin asits new president, succeeding Phyllis Bergman, who is departing after a five-yearterm.Martin (pictured), who is senior vice president for global developmentand beneficiation at the Gemological...
Mining Feb 23, 2017 Rapaport News
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