Author: Angela Oliffe

One of Modern Jeweler’s resident gemologists, Angela applies her passion for gemstones to create in-depth expertise and commentary on trending developments in the field.

Have you ever thought about how symbols connect us to our past, especially those that have endured through the ages? The Tree of Life is one such symbol, deeply rooted in Celtic tradition and bridging the gap between the ancient and the modern. This emblem, rich with meaning and history, isn’t just found in old texts or carvings but is also a popular motif in today’s jewelry, symbolizing our link to ancestry and the natural world. The Symbolism of the Celtic Tree of Life The Celtic Tree of Life, or Crann Bethadh, symbolizes growth, rebirth, and interconnectedness. Its branches stretch…

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The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced the launch of its updated Graduate Jeweler Diploma Program, set to commence in 2024. The program aims to provide a comprehensive education in jewelry manufacturing, combining foundational technical knowledge with an emphasis on creative expression and practical industry application. Curriculum Details The 28-week program is meticulously crafted to cover both fine jewelry manufacturing and retail jewelry repair. It is designed as a project-based course, allowing students to build a portfolio that showcases their skills and creativity. The curriculum includes traditional jewelry fabrication, recognized as a fundamental aspect of jewelry making. Students will…

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Signet Jewelers Ltd., the world’s largest diamond jewelry retailer, has announced a renewed commitment of $100 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This pledge comes as a continuation of the 25-year partnership between Signet and St. Jude, during which Signet has already raised $100 million to support children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The additional $100 million is targeted to further enhance research and treatment efforts with the goal of increasing childhood cancer survival rates. Virginia C. Drosos, CEO of Signet Jewelers, stated, “We are honored to support the lifesaving research and care that St. Jude delivers to…

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The Natural Diamond Council (NDC) has launched its latest global campaign, “To Treasure Now and Forever,” which emphasizes the beauty, uniqueness, and adaptability of natural diamonds. The 2023/2024 campaign features actress Lily James, who has taken on the role of global ambassador for the NDC. The campaign, shot in New York City by renowned photographer Cass Bird, showcases James in four distinct looks, each complemented by a range of natural diamonds. These looks aim to highlight the diamond’s versatility, demonstrating its fit with casual streetwear, sophisticated evening attire, power tailoring, and glamorous outfits for standout occasions. A Word from the…

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Danish juggernaut Pandora’s recent announcements have shed light on its ambitious expansion plans, with a particular emphasis on the “Phoenix” turnaround strategy initiated in 2021. This strategy has been pivotal in reshaping the company’s approach to the market. CEO Andrew Lacik reflected on the transformative journey, stating, “Looking back at the past few years, we are proud of our achievements. We have fundamentally changed how we work, and the organization is much stronger.” Financial Aspirations: Setting the Bar High Despite a challenging landscape in the broader jewelry market, Pandora has managed to carve out a significant niche in the US…

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Set to be the centerpiece of the Magnificent Jewels auction on 07 November at Christie’s Geneva, the ‘Bleu Royal’ diamond is making waves in the jewellery world. With a weight of 17.61 carats, it stands as the largest Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Blue gem ever to be presented at an auction. The diamond’s allure isn’t just in its size. It has been meticulously cut and polished into a symmetrical pear shape, boasting a rich vivid blue hue and impeccable purity. Such characteristics place the ‘Bleu Royal’ among the rarest diamonds ever discovered. Its estimated value ranges between US$35–50 Million. For…

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