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Iranian Royal Jewels - Part 2

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 3:39 pm

Second in a three-part series.An in-depth look at the jewels from IRAN Iran has one of the most extensive collections of jewels in the world. In 1935 Persia became Iran, the name Iran is the Persi...

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Iranian Royal Jewels - Part 1

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 at 7:11 am

First in a three-part series. Over the next three newsletters, we will take an in-depth look at the jewels from IRAN. Iran has one of the most extensive collections of jewels in the world. In 1935...

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Gem Quality

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 3:24 pm

Out of the 133 million carats of diamonds mined each year in the world only 20% are gem quality. I believe the majority of people in the world think that diamonds that are mined are mostly used for...

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The French Blue

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, December 21st, 2017 at 3:07 pm

  In the year 1666, a French gem dealer on one of his five trips to India, purchased or stole a 112+ carat grey blue triangular rough diamond. His name was Jean Baptiste Tavernier the stone ...

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Largest Diamond Ever Found

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 at 9:56 am

On January 25, 1905, a rough crystal diamond was found at the premiere mine in Transvaal in the southern region of Africa. The rough weighed 1.33 lbs. or 3106 carats. The stone was called...

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Just How Tough are Gems?

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Monday, November 27th, 2017 at 9:56 am

Gems can be classified by a number which is a measure of their hardness. The scale of hardness is called the "Mohs" Scale. The scale is numbered from 1 to 10, and classifies gems and...

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The Big Hole

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 at 10:38 am

The Big Hole    In 1867, diamonds were found in South Africa. Although diamonds had been around for a long time, this was the start of the largest production diamond mine to date. This ...

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Becoming an Expert

Posted by LaLonde Jewelers on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 10:39 am

  I went to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to become a gemologist - the year was 1979. When I graduated, I was 26 years old. After a couple of years of appraising jewelry throug...

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