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Two white jade bracelets with dark color patches.
Nephrite Bracelet with Filled Cavity

A jade bracelet contains unusual fillers, used to create a smooth surface.

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This 20.60 ct specimen was purchased by the client as a “natural white pearl.”
Filled Pearl with Surface Features

A pearl, thought to be natural, is revealed to be a bead-cultured specimen with a pre-drilled nucleus.

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Fall 2016 Gems & Gemology Cover
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Autumn 2016 G&G: CVD Synthetic Diamonds Survey, Reversible Colour Change in Blue Zircon

A summary of the content found in the Autumn 2016 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Eight natural-color pistachio pearls
Identification of “Pistachio” Coloured Pearls Treated by Ballerina Pearl Co.

A report on the colour treatment process for these intensely greenish yellow to yellowish-green cultured pearls and the techniques for identifying them.

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Gems & Gemology Spring 2016 Cover
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Photoluminescence Review and Gem Material from Unusual Locales in the Spring 2016 G&G

A summary of the content in the Spring 2016 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Autumn 2015 G&G: Trapiche Emeralds, Synthetic Diamonds and a Large Diamond Source

G&G Brief presents an overview of the content of the Autumn 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Summer 2015 G&G: Dual-Stars, Photomicrography Guide, Rubies from Tajikistan, New Micro-World Section

G&G Brief presents an overview of the content of the Summer 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Large Fluorite Sphere
Fluorite Sphere with Phosphorescent Coating

A sphere with unusual phosphorescence is seen in the Carlsbad laboratory.

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Spring 2015 G&G Examines Blue Spinel, Chinese Jewellery Design and the Latest in Synthetics

G&G Brief presents an overview of the content of the Spring 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Bangle of polymer-impregnated aventurine quartz
Polymer-Impregnated Aventurine Quartz, a New Imitation of “Ice Jade”

A bangle, thought to be jadeite jade, is revealed by laboratory testing to be polymer-impregnated aventurine quartz.

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