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A heart-shaped piece of pink drusy hangs from a gold chain.
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Dreamy Drusy: Minute Crystals Shimmer in Dramatic Designs

Drusy jewellery has surged in popularity in recent years. Celebrities wear it on the red carpet and designers clamour for it at gem shows.

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A blue synthetic star sapphire from past production of Wiede’s Carbidwerk
Synthetic Star Sapphires and Rubies Produced by Wiede’s Carbidwerk, Freyung, Germany

Details the process used by Wiede’s Carbidwerk to produce star synthetic corundum from the mid-1950s until the 1970s.

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Iridescence in iris quartz from Jalgaon, India
Causes of Iridescence in Natural Quartz

Describes the occurrence of iridescence, and the role of differential etching, in quartz crystals from India’s Jalgaon District.

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Three pieces of labradorite with yellow, blue and green flashes of color.
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Optical Effects of Phenomenal Cabochons

Learn how the structure, inclusions and properties of some gemstones interact with light to create unusual visual effects.

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Blue amber beads from the Dominican Republic
Colour Phenomena of Blue Amber

Investigates the presence of fluorescence, rather than iridescence, as the cause of colour in blue amber from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia.

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Optimising Face-Up Appearance in Coloured Gemstone Faceting

How contrast patterns can increase perceived brightness and optimise a gemstone's appearance.

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