Abstracts; Summer 2009
This article, from the Summer 2009 issue of Gems & Gemmology, is a compilation of abstracts of important gemmology-related articles published outside of Gems & Gemmology.
Emeralds from the Ural Mountains, USSR
Emeralds are again being mined in the historic district of the Ural Mountains. Physical, chemical, spectroscopic and microscopic characteristics of stones from the recent production are presented and compared with data on older samples as well as those reported in the literature.
Emeralds of Colombia
A comprehensive review of the history and geology of Colombian emeralds together with descriptions of some of the most famous gems to come from this locality.
The Capoeirana Emerald Deposit near Nova Era, Minas Gerais, Brazil
In 1988, a significant find of emeralds was made at Capoeirana, near Nova Era, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The Santa Terezinha De Goias Emerald Deposit
Brazil has become a leading producer of emeralds; this article examines one of the most significant deposits.
Update on Emeralds from the Sandawana Mines, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s Sandawana mines have been an important producer of emeralds for 40 years.
The Coscuez Mine: A Major Source of Colombian Emeralds
The Coscuez mine, one of a number in Colombia, is rapidly gaining significance as a major source of fine emeralds.
A Status Report on Gemstones from Afghanistan
An overview of the plentiful and various gem materials being discovered and produced in Afghanistan.
Brazil’s Emerald Industry
Since the 1970s, Brazil has been a consistent source of emerald.
Emeralds of the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan
With the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, villagers in the Panjshir Valley are turning their attention to the emerald riches of the nearby Hindu Kush Mountains.