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Diamond Grading Lab at GIA Carlsbad, CA

My trip to the Carlsbad campus to take my Diamond Grading Lab class at GIA was so much fun! It included five long & intense days of learning, applying, looking at diamonds and studying. The class was the largest GIA had ever taught at once–which meant we… Read More

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Jewel History: Earliest Diamond Grading System

“The earliest diamond color grading system was based on India’s ancient class structure. Each class was limited to owning a particular diamond color.” Priests and rulers……………………white diamonds Landowners and warriors………..brown diamonds Merchants…………………………….yellow diamonds Lower class……………………………black diamonds   {GIA.edu}… Read More

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Almost a Diamonds Graduate: My GIA course studies…

  I am officially half way through my GIA Diamonds courses, on the road to becoming a Graduate Gemologist. You sort of know you are on the right path when you are extremely enthusiastic while reading 47 pages of cubic, octahedral, and dodecahedral planes.  This has been… Read More

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Video to Watch >> Secret History of Diamonds

image via Radio Netherlands I really enjoyed this informational video called Secret History of Diamonds, as seen on Hulu.  It follows three different stories of people who found themselves becoming risk-takers for the love of diamonds.  Some even… Read More

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Top Jewelry Blogs picked by Gem Gossip

As a jewelry blogger, I realize how much work goes into blogging–thinking of an idea, getting the words out, uploading/editing/finding pictures, and then polishing the final product.  Now try doing this on a daily basis, without sounding stuffy or repetitious, even after working twelve hours straight.  Yikes.  But… Read More

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Tips on Selling your Old Gold Jewelry from Rago Arts Jewelry Specialist Sarah Churgin

When it comes to getting the best price for the jewelry you no longer wear or want, it’s a case of seller beware.  With the high valuation of gold these days, the incentive to sell jewelry can be pretty strong. People are holding wine-and-cheese “gold parties” where they sell their jewelry for… Read More