Amanda Butcher

Amanda is a student of geological sciences and environmental studies at Tufts University. She grew up hiking and mountain biking in the Bay Area and continues to explore nature and learn about the beautiful gems and minerals it forms in her free time.

Articles by Amanda Butcher

First Year Anniversary Gift Guide: Gold Jewelry

First Year Anniversary Gift Guide: Gold Jewelry

Your first anniversary is a truly special time, representing your first year together after making a lifetime commitment. Choosing the...
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Grading Lab-Grown Diamonds: An Introduction to the Four Cs

Grading Lab-Grown Diamonds: An Introduction to the Four Cs

Who Created the Four Cs Standard? Robert M. Shipley, the founder of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), developed the...
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Lab-Grown Diamond Pricing

Lab-Grown Diamond Pricing

What are the major factors behind lab-grown diamond pricing? Learn how synthetic diamond pricing differs from that of natural diamonds....
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Is Growing Diamonds a Sustainable Alternative to Diamond Mining?

Is Growing Diamonds a Sustainable Alternative to Diamond Mining?

Are lab-grown diamonds a more sustainable resource than natural diamonds? Compare the environmental impact of diamond mining to lab production....
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Lab-Grown Diamond Production Methods

Lab-Grown Diamond Production Methods

Lab-grown diamond production methods simulate the natural conditions that produce diamonds deep underground. Learn how the HPTP and CVD processes...
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A Brief History of Lab-Grown Diamonds

A Brief History of Lab-Grown Diamonds

The lab-grown diamonds available now are the result of decades of research. Learn the history of lab-grown diamonds and how...
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History of Birthstones

History of Birthstones

What is a Birthstone? Birthstones have become very popular for gift-givers and gem-lovers for their dazzling array of colors and...
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Most Expensive Diamond Colors With Prices

Most Expensive Diamond Colors With Prices

Are Colored Diamonds Natural? Just like colorless diamonds, colored diamonds are formed naturally out of carbon deep below the surface...
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Ethical Diamonds: How to Buy a Conflict-Free Diamond in 2023

Ethical Diamonds: How to Buy a Conflict-Free Diamond in 2023

Where Diamonds Come From First, it is important to understand where diamonds come from and how they are produced. Diamonds...
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