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Barbara L. Dutrow, Ph.D., Williams Alumni Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at LSU and Board of Governor for GIA. © GIA/Kevin Schumacher.

New Mineral Named in Honor of GIA Governor Dr. Barbara Dutrow

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Feb. 26, 2020 – Dutrowite, a newly discovered mineral species of the tourmaline group, is the namesake of GIA Governor Barbara L. Dutrow, Ph.D.

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GIA Suspends Diamond Sealing Services

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Jan. 17, 2020 – Effective immediately, GIA will suspend diamond sealing services.

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Susan Jacques accepted the Stanley Schechter Award at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) luncheon on Jan. 10, 2020. From left: Joel Schechter, retired CEO of Honora; Susan Jacques, GIA president and CEO; Tiffany Stevens, JVC CEO and general counsel; and Charles Stanley, president of Forevermark US and 2020 Chairman of the JVC Board.

GIA CEO Susan Jacques Honored by Jewelers Vigilance Committee

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Jan. 16, 2020 – The Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) recognized GIA President and CEO Susan M. Jacques with the Stanley Schechter Award at the organization’s annual meeting and luncheon in New York City on Jan. 10, 2020.

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The Fall 2019 Gems & Gemology issue features an examination of the gem art of the Taj Mahal, an iconic architectural treasure erected at the pinnacle of the Mughal dynasty. The seventeenth-century necklace on the cover features seven spinels from Tajikistan, pearls and a pear-shaped emerald cabochon drop. The spinels are inscribed with the names of various Mughal emperors. The necklace was sold by Christie’s New York in June 2019 for more than $3 million. Photo courtesy of Christie’s.

Gems & Gemology Fall 2019 Issue Showcases Gem Art of the Taj Mahal

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Nov. 18, 2019 – Combining the science and beauty of gemstones, the Fall 2019 Gems & Gemology (G&G) is full of dazzling imagery and detailed research.

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Start Your Education at GIA with 2020 Classes

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Nov. 5, 2019 – Aspiring gem and jewelry professionals interested in studying diamonds, colored stones, pearls, jewelry design or other specialties in the gem and jewelry industry can now view GIA’s global 2020 class schedules.

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Robert Weldon, GIA director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Library and Information Center, pictured with an artisanal miner from Tunduru, Tanzania.

GIA Commits $1.3 Million to Artisanal Mining Education Project

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Oct. 16, 2019 – Building on a successful pilot and feedback from small-scale colored gemstone miners in Tanzania, GIA will expand distribution of its innovative gem guide for artisanal miners to other communities and countries in Africa.

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The new mineral johnkoivulaite is named after renowned gemologist John Koivula, best known for his contributions to inclusion research and photomicrography. Photo by Kevin Schumacher/GIA.

New Mineral Named for Famed Gemologist John Koivula

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sept. 17, 2019 – GIA researchers, in collaboration with scientists from the California Institute of Technology, recently confirmed a new mineral species, johnkoivulaite, named in honor of the renowned microscopist and GIA researcher John Koivula.

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The GIA iD100® gem testing device can now screen pink diamonds with the purchase of the GIA iD100 Pink Diamond Software Upgrade. The free software update can now screen blue-to-green and brown diamonds.

GIA Upgrades iD100 Gem Testing Device to Screen Pink Diamonds

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sept. 5, 2019 – GIA released a software upgrade on Sept. 4 for the industry-leading GIA iD100® gem testing device, giving the instrument the ability to distinguish natural pink diamonds from laboratory-grown (HPHT and CVD) diamonds and diamond simulants.

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GIA Education Available in Shenzhen, China

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Aug. 19, 2019 – Aspiring gem and jewelry professionals in Shenzhen, China will now have direct access to GIA education programs through Peking University Resource College.

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Acrylic counter display available through GIA’s Retailer Support Program.

Celebrate Colored Stones with GIA’s Retailer Support Program

CARLSBAD, Calif. – April 8, 2019 – Retailers participating in GIA’s Retailer Support Program can now use an enhanced collection of colored stone materials to tell the story of these beautiful gemstones to their customers.

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GIA Introduces New Diamond Country of Origin Reports

CARLSBAD, Calif. – March 28, 2019 – On April 30, GIA will introduce the GIA Diamond Origin Report service which will confirm the country of origin of polished diamonds.

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