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Guardians of Trust: GIA’s Innovative Research, Instruments and Services

GIA’s services and instruments have grown in importance and impact as new gem treatments and laboratory-grown gems have entered the market.

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Inamori Synthetic Cat's-Eye Alexandrite

This article reports on a detailed gemmological examination of this new synthetic cat's-eye alexandrite.

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Decades-Old Synthetic Alexandrite Sheds Light on Modern-Day Research Needs

An overview and commentary on the 2012 Journal of Gemmology article, “Flux-grown synthetic alexandrites from Creative Crystals Inc.”

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“Red” Chrysoberyl versus Alexandrite: The Impact of Elevated Chromium Levels on Colour and Colour-Change Properties

Overview and commentary on the 2014 Journal of Gemmology article “Purple to Reddish Purple Chrysoberyl from Brazil”.

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14 ornaments of coral veneer glued to matrix
Composite Coral Veneer Glued to Artificial Matrix

Items presented as red coral are revealed by testing to be composite coral veneers over an artificial matrix.

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Confusing, Triangular Inclusions in an Art Deco-Style Pin
Spring 1991 G&G Lab Notes

This section, from the Spring 1991 issue of Gems & Gemmology, is a compilation of interesting finds from GIA’s laboratories.

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Russian Flux-Grown Synthetic Alexandrite

Synthetic alexandrite is being flux-grown in Russia.

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Natural Alexandrite
The Distinction of Natural from Synthetic Alexandrite by Infrared Spectroscopy

A useful way to identify stones that contain no distinguishing inclusions.

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