The Jewelry Insider

April 13, 2009

Diamonds have long been the shining subject of movie storylines from Ocean’s 11 to the Pink Panther franchise, and now the jewelry industry’s diamond authority, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), is getting in on the act.

The new collector’s edition DVD of the original Pink Panther movie includes a seven minute documentary titled, “Diamonds: Beyond the Sparkle,”where two GIA experts share information about diamond facts and famous diamonds to help explain the allure of the fictional Pink Panther diamond tale.

GIA Resident Gem Instructor, Brenda Harwick, talks about the stories behind other legendary diamonds as well, including the Koh-I-Noor, the Hope and the Cullinan. She also explains that while anyone today can wear a diamond, only kings and queens or high-ranking nobility were allowed to wear them in the past.

“Many people who come out of a jewelry store may think their diamond is coming straight from the mine, being cut and shipped to the display case when it could possibly be a diamond with its own lengthy history, and that was on who-knows-who’s finger before your own,” she said.

In addition to the interview, the DVD includes footage from the GIA’s Four C’s video and photos from the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center.

The DVD is available to purchase and rent at select nationwide locations and on Amazon.com.

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