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For every 500 or more pink diamonds unearthed, only one would emerge as violet. And of all the violets discovered, less than five per cent are considered fully-saturated violets, and classified as BL3, the deepest violet classification.

Diamonds
All about Argyle Violet Diamonds: One of Earth’s rarest gifts

Rarest of rare, Argyle violet diamonds stand out from the rest of Argyle's colour diamonds, including the highly coveted pink diamond. But just what is it that makes it one of Earth’s most beautiful gifts? Explore everything there is to know about the Argyle violet. Read more »
Above: Piaget; Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry; Dior Below: Selim Mouzannar; Sunita Nahata

Gemstones
Garnets Part I: Pyrope, Almandine, Spessartine

Historically, garnets have played a significant role in the world of gems. They have adorned the necks of high society ranging from Egyptian pharaohs to Victorian-era royalty and beyond. Read more »
Above: Hemmerle; Andreoli; Glenn Spiro Below: Chanel; Moiseikin

Gemstones
Garnets Part II: Grossular, Andradite, Uvarovite

Compared with the well-known reddish browns and purplish red garnet varieties of pyrope, almandine, and spessartine, the second solid solution series producing gem quality garnets generally goes under the radar of your average jewellery customers. Read more »
The Fortune Pink is an 18.18-carat pear-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond that is expected to sell for US$35 million at Christie’s in November. Image: Christie's

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Fortune Star expected to shine at upcoming auction

A remarkably rare giant pink diamond is set to be auctioned in Geneva in November, commanding a hefty presale estimate of $US35 million ($AU54 million). Read more »
Above: Moussaieff; David Morris; Clogau Below: Kendra Scott; Amanya

Gemstones
Pearls Part V: Examining the Exotics

To the average consumer, or even the average jewellery sales assistant, pearls are often known to be gloriously lustrous, covered in glittering nacre, as close to white as possible, and aiming to be perfectly round. Read more »
Above: Moksh; Cult Gaia; Van Cleef and Arpels Below: Little H; Ikecho

Gemstones
Pearls Part IV: Seed and Keshi

Seed pearls have long been a favourite choice for intricate designs throughout jewellery history, whilst the baroque forms of keshi pearls are today featured to bring jewellery design a touch of uniquity. Read more »
Inset jewellery: Boucheron, Sapphires: Sapphire Dreams

Gemstones
The Gem Quarter: The distinctively elegant gemstones of Australia

Australia is home to some of the world’s oldest minerals and rocks, many of which are some of the most sought-after gemstones by enthusiasts and collectors from every corner of the globe. Read more »
India’s GST Council approved the increase from 0.25 per cent to 1.5 per cent.

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India takes action on diamond industry

The Indian government has announced an increase in its Goods and Services Tax (GST) on cut and polished diamonds in an effort to cushion the impact of accumulating tax credits in the diamond industry. Read more »
In 2020, IBDH also unearthed unique yellow diamonds with a rare purple fluorescence in the same area. Source: IBDH

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Possible new colour diamonds discovery at Ellendale mine

India Bore Diamond Holdings (IBDH), one of two Australian companies currently operating at the Ellendale site in Western Australia – has confirmed two separate layers of diamondiferous gravel deposits at its site. Read more »
Image source: Anabela Chan

Diamonds
The Perfect Storm: Lab-created diamond jewellery report

With the crisis in Ukraine causing significant issues to the international supply of natural diamonds, the door has been opened for lab-grown diamonds to capture a larger share of the market. SAMUEL ORD investigates the circumstances leading to this opportunity and speaks with retailers about consumer preferences. Read more »
The diamond grading process will use QR codes instead of printed certificates, accessible via the institute’s Report Check portal by scanning the code or by inputting the assigned inscription number.

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GIA adopts new method of diamond certification

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced it will soon issue digital grading reports instead of paper certification and launch an AI-based diamond inscription matching service. Read more »
Above: Yoko London; Tasaki; David Morris

Gemstones
Pearls Part III: Akoya

Typically round in shape, white or cream in colour with a pinkish overtone, and possessing a high lustre – Akoya pearls are a classic. For consumers of the western world, these saltwater cultured pearls are the most popular choice. Read more »

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Star Diamond finds abundant rare diamonds in Canadian mine

Canadian mining and natural resource company Star Diamond has discovered an “exceptionally high proportion” of rare Type IIa diamonds from samples taken from its Fort a la Corne drilling site located in central Saskatchewan. Read more »

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De Beers uncertain to meet rough demand while diamond shortage worsens

As the price of rough diamonds continues to increase due to an existing supply shortage further amplified by the ongoing sanctions on Alrosa, mining giant De Beers is uncertain it can meet the increasing market demand. Read more »
Diamond polishing factory in Surat. Source: Idexonline.com

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Diamond supply worsens as Indian factories close

The disruption to the supply of rough diamonds caused by the ongoing sanctions against Russian mining giant Alrosa has led to much shorter workweeks and the closure of several cut and polish factories in India. Read more »

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