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Van Gogh’s The Starry Night and the Starry Night Sapphire

July 29th marks the 125th anniversary of the passing of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). GIA offers a tribute to the great artist by celebrating his beloved painting, The Starry Night, and its dazzling companion piece, the Starry Night Sapphire – a 112 carat star sapphire.

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The History of the Engagement Ring

Have you ever wondered where the longstanding tradition of giving an engagement ring came from? Actually, it’s deeply rooted in a rich history associated with betrothal rings that spans centuries.

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2015 Summer Auction Showcase: Exquisite Gemstones Dazzle with a Record-Breaking Streak

Throughout the year, Christie’s and Sotheby’s feature auction pieces that are some of the best jewelry from throughout history. Earlier this spring we featured two historic gemstones that were auctioned at Sotheby’s Geneva on May 12, and also reported on other gemstones and jewelry that sold for record-breaking prices at auction. Here, we round out our auction series with more recent pieces that made quite a splash at Christie’s auctions this past June.

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Zodiac-Inspired Jewelry: Leo

Dignified. Proud. Creative. Confident.

These are some of the traits of Leo. The sign for those born between July 23rd and August 22nd also has the good fortune of having a lion as its symbol, which has inspired jewelry designers to make magnificent creations.

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Hot Gemstones

We’re always on the lookout for trends, and we spotted a fun one. Several gemstones that never had much cachet are now in vogue. These beauties have been showing up on the runway and in fashion magazines.

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