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#GIA - Gems & Gemology Celebrates 80th Anniversary Issue with Spring 2014

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Gems & Gemology Explores China’s Multifaceted Gem Industry
Spring 2014 issue celebrates the journal’s 80th anniversary

“Harmony,” a brooch designed by Wallace Chan
 of Hong Kong, epitomizes the bold innovation
fueling China’s dramatic growth. Titanium and white
gold, the piece includes pink and blue sapphires, colorless
and orange diamonds, rubies, red spinels, citrine, and opal.
Courtesy Wallace Chan.Photo by Robert Weldon; © GIA.
The Spring 2014 issue of GIA’s award-winning quarterly journal Gems & Gemology (G&G) takes readers behind the scenes of China’s gem and jewelry industry and, for the first time in the publication’s history, offers a Mandarin translation of the article. The issue also presents a study of near-colorless synthetic diamonds grown by the AOTC Group in the Netherlands; a field report on spinels in Mogok, Myanmar; a look at the interior of a baroque South Sea cultured pearl from Indonesia; and much more. The issue is available in print, and online with exclusive video content.

As demand for gems and jewelry surges in China, impacting global consumption patterns, G&G’s cover story examines the multi-layered industry there. The article by Chinese authors Zhili Qiu, Mu Li and Qingyuan Yu, and G&G’s Tao Hsu and Andrew Lucas, introduces a series that will explore specific aspects of the country’s burgeoning industry. The series will cover diamond and colored stone cutting, jewelry manufacturing, design and retail jewelry, as well as uniquely Chinese industry sectors such as jade. A Mandarin translation of this article accompanies the online version of the Spring 2014 issue.

Hong Kong–based businesses have helped turn the Guangdong
 province into a major global manufacturing center. This jewelry
 factory uses modern manufacturing techniques such as wax models
and casting. Courtesy of Chow Tai Fook. Photo by Eric Welch;
 © GIA.
A study of 52 colorless to light-colored synthetic diamonds grown by the AOTC Group, a leading producer of near-colorless high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) diamonds, illustrates recent strides in technology and quality. In a field report titled “Hunting for ‘Jedi’ Spinels in Mogok,” GIA field gemologist Vincent Pardieu documents his decade-long quest for bright “neon” red spinel in Myanmar’s fabled “Valley of Rubies.” In the issue’s fourth and final article, high-resolution computerized microtomography is used to study the interior of an unusually large baroque South Sea cultured pearl from Indonesia.

G&G marks its 80th anniversary in 2014. Since the first issue was published in 1934, G&G has been recognized as one of the leading academic journals in its field. In 2013, it was made available in its entirety online, at no cost. The print version of the award-winning quarterly journal is still available for purchase. 

More in-depth coverage from G&G, including hundreds of additional photos and exclusive video footage, are available on GIA’s website at http://www.gia.edu/gia-news-research.  


About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu
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