De Beers launches the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research

De Beers has announced the official launch of the International Institute of Diamond Grading & Research (IIDGR).

The world's leading diamond company is setting up its own grading laboratory services for European, Indian, Middle East, and Far East markets. The newly-founded IIDGR will compete directly with the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

De Beers will use its grading technology to assess, verify and/or identify natural, untreated diamonds, as well as their qualities, shapes, colors, and sizes. And they set off with a goal in mind: to deliver the fifth "C" of diamonds: confidence.

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Tools you need to make jewelry

Are you ready to start making your custom-made jewelry accessories? Take a look at the tools you'll need to create your first rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.

Homemade jewelry requires basic skills and can be extremely fun. There are plenty of jewelry starter kits for beginners willing to learn more about the art of working with gemstones, gold, and silver, but you can also teach yourself at home, with the right guides and the right equipment.

Initially, all you need to start making jewelry at home is tools, metals, wires, beads, and stones. Whether you're an amateur craftsman or an interested beginner, building your first stunning jewelry pieces is not an impossible mission.

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Things you should know about jewelry armoires

Protect and organize your jewelry pieces. Discover why investing in a jewelry armoire is the best way of enjoying your favorite gems while protecting them from light, humidity, cold, heat, and dust.

A jewelry armoire is more than a large jewelry box. The finest wooden armoires are authentic works of art. And if you store properly, why shouldn't you preserve your personal ornaments?

Jewels, gems, and precious stones are private treasures, and they deserve to be kept in special armoires. There are wonderful and richly-crafted jewelry armoires. More than a matter of safety, jewelry armoires often express the personal taste of its owner, as well as what's inside.

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Meet "Lulo," the biggest diamond ever found in Angola

The Australian-based company Lucapa discovered the biggest recorded diamond ever found in Angola. It is worth $14.3 million dollars.

The 404.2 carat, top-tier Type IIa D-color diamond was recovered from the Lulo mine, in Angola's Lunda Norte province. The previous record for Angola's largest diamond belonged to the "Angolan Star," a 217.4 carat diamond found in the Luarica mine, in 2007.

The newly discovered "Lulo" is now the 27th largest recorded diamond in the world, and the biggest diamond ever mined by an Australian company.

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Are you "Crazy About Tiffany's"?

The unforgettable signature blue box with the white ribbon is at the heart of "Crazy About Tiffany's," a documentary about America's first iconic brand.

The movie captures the essence of Tiffany & Co. How could a simple jewelry store transform itself into a symbol of pop culture across the globe?

"Crazy About Tiffany's" is an authorized look into the world of dreams, sparkling gems, and timeless sophistication. Directed by independent filmmaker Matthew Miele, it will reveal how a jewelry company became an international obsession.

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