By Brecken Branstrator
A new gemstone stepped into the spotlight this week as the calendar flipped to August and spinel officially was introduced as a birthstone, joining peridot.

Meanwhile, the Gemological Institute of America started accepting scholarship applications for programs beginning in 2017 and the American Gem Society began its search for CEO Ruth Batson’s replacement.

Dominion Diamond Corp. announced the passing of former director and CEO Robert Gannicott while one jewelry designer launched a GoFundMe page to help raise money for a Maryland jewelry store destroyed in a flood.

See it all and more in The Week in Photos.

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