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Diamond Portraits - Robert Gannicott

 Robert "Bob" Gannicott was a visionary leader and entrepreneur who played a pivotal role in establishing the Canadian diamond industry since its emergence in the late 1990s. He sadly passed away in 2016 after a battle with leukemia. Many people in the industry got to know him as the Chairman and CEO of Aber Diamond Corporation, later Harry Winston and Dominion Diamond Corp. He loved to meet with his company's clients, but few of them knew much about the history of the man who helped usher in Canada as a major player in the global diamond industry.

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Diamond Portraits - Robert Shipley Sr.

Robert Shipley Sr. was one of the most influential figures in modern gemology and his academic achievements helped establish a consumer market for diamonds. Shipley, the founder of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) established the standardization of diamond grading, at a time when diamonds were just becoming a mainstream consumer product for middle class America. Shipley would establish the systemization and language of diamonds that remains the industry standard. 

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Diamond Portraits –The story of Tiffany & Co.

Iconic Tiffany & Co. is among the most recognizable brand names in the world and one of the most valuable retail jewelry companies. A 2015 brand survey ranked it as the 66th most valuable brand name in the world, with a brand value in excess of $6 billion. Surprisingly, however, the company did not get its start in jewelry nor was it even called Tiffany & Co. The company began operating in 1837 as Tiffany & Young, a stationary and fancy goods emporium in lower Manhattan founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young. It wasn't until Charles Tiffany took control of the company in 1853 that he shortened the name to Tiffany & Company, and established the firm's emphasis on diamond jewelry.

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Diamond Portraits – Sir Thomas Cullinan

 Most people in the diamond industry immediately recognize the name Cullinan as belonging to probably the most famous rough diamond in history, and several of the most famous polished diamonds in the world today. They are likely also familiar with the Cullinan mine in South Africa, which has produced some of the most magnificent diamonds in history, including the Blue Moon which diamond industrialist Ehud Arye Laniado was fortunate to have been a part of. But few of us know much about Sir Thomas Cullinan, the namesake of both the mine and the largest gem-quality rough diamond ever found.

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Diamond Portraits - Mary Frances Gerety

Mary Frances Gerety is not a name that many people are familiar with, even those in the diamond industry. She produced one of the most brilliant pieces of diamond marketing ever, and all of us working in diamonds owe our livelihoods in part to her. Gerety, who went by her middle name Frances, coined the immortal marketing slogan "a diamond is forever". When it was launched, it helped to associate diamonds with love, and solidified the role of diamonds in marriage and engagements. Today's diamond industry owes its survival largely to this successful marketing drive.

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