Education

History of GIA
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An Overview and History of GIA

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is a nonprofit organization that is world-renowned for its diamond grading services, gemological research, education, and laboratory services. Established in 1931, the GIA is

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Sapphires
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Gemology 101: Sapphires

The September Birthstone: Sapphires Sapphires are one of the world’s most unmistakable gemstones. Like emeralds or rubies, sapphires stand apart as one of the most gorgeous, vibrant precious stones, with

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Birthstone Jewelry
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Gemology 101: Peridot

The August Birthstone: Peridot Rubies, sapphires, diamonds — there are some birthstones that everyone just knows. However, if you’re an August baby, you might not be all that familiar with

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What is an East-West Setting?
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What is an East-West Setting?

You’ve heard of solitaire settings and pave settings, the single-stone claw and bezel setting — but what about the east-west setting? If you’re looking for a truly unique diamond setting

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Gemology 101: Opals
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Gemology 101: Opals

Opals are truly a one-of-a-kind gemstone. With their ever-changing colors and unique, neon hues, they stand apart from all other precious stones and minerals. While diamonds or rubies may be

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Gemology 101: Star Sapphires
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Gemology 101: Star Sapphires

You know sapphires — but what about star sapphires? Here’s a quick hit of everything you need to know about this unique gemstone. What is a Star Sapphire? Star sapphires

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Gemology 101 Jade
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Gemology 101: Jade

Gemology 101 Jade Featuring Seaman Schepps Jade & Ruby Collection. You’re likely familiar with jade. The green gemstone is known for its significant place in Chinese heritage and culture, but

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The four Cs of Diamonds
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Where Do Diamonds Come From?

We all know diamonds — glittering, sparkling, the star of our favorite jewelry — but how much do you know about where diamonds come from? Here’s how your favorite gemstone

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Black Diamonds
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Gemology 101: Black Diamonds

If you’re not familiar with black diamonds, it’s time you learned about these unique gemstones. Essentially the exact opposite of a “normal,” or colorless diamond, black diamonds are black-hued gemstones that add a striking accent to any piece of jewelry.

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