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Amber and plastic reactions to illumination.
Plastic Amber Imitation in a Rosary

Examination reveals both amber and Bakelite plastic beads in a rosary submitted for identification.

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Steam-dyed “chicken-fat yellow beeswax” amber.
Steam-Dyed Amber

Testing identifies a new treatment method as the cause of colour in beeswax amber.

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34th International Gemmological Conference

A report from the 34th IGC, held in Vilnius, Lithuania in August 2015.

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Composite amber with an unusual structure

This 9.12 gram amber composite featured a combination of natural and imitation amber, accompanied by natural and artificial insect inclusions.

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Amber with Insect-Bearing Filling

Natural amber beads were found to have been filled with plastic and a variety of insects.

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Summer 2012 Gem News International

A compilation of gem news from around the world, covering topics such as localities, unusual gem materials, market news, new products, discoveries, jewellery manufacturing techniques and industry trends.

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Pyrite Inclusions
Winter 2010 Gem News International

A compilation of gem news from around the world, covering topics such as localities, unusual gem materials, market news, new products, discoveries, jewellery manufacturing techniques and industry trends.

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Winter 2007 Gem News International

A compilation of gem news from around the world, covering topics such as localities, unusual gem materials, market news, new products, discoveries, jewellery manufacturing techniques and industry trends.

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Summer 2006 Gems News International

A compilation of gem news from around the world, covering topics such as localities, unusual gem materials, market news, new products, discoveries, jewellery manufacturing techniques and industry trends.

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Summer 2001 Gem News International

A compilation of gem news from around the world, covering topics such as localities, unusual gem materials, market news, new products, discoveries, jewellery manufacturing techniques and industry trends.

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