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Courtney Beck Antolik

Courtney Beck Antolik is a geologist and science writer based in Denver, CO. She received a B.S. (2010) in Geology from Texas A&M University and an M.S. (2013) in Geological Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Courtney’s experience with minerals includes a zircon geochronology project and a semester teaching mineralogy labs. Her favorite mineral is beryl, but diamond is a close second.

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Buying Guide: Canadian Diamonds

Diamond Mining in Canada  This photo from Ritani shows what diamonds look like from the mine. Rough diamonds need to be cut and polished before…

Cubic Zirconia Vs. Diamonds

If you’re looking for a lab-made stone for your engagement ring, you’ll find that there are a lot of options to choose from. Lab-grown diamonds,…

Are Flawless Diamonds Perfect?

To most people, the word “flawless” means perfect. When it comes to diamonds, however, it’s a bit more nuanced. Internally Flawless diamonds…