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.
Status of Ruby and Sapphire Mining in the Mogok Stone Tract
This article, based on two recent visits to Mogok, briefly reviews the mining history and geology of this extraordinary locality, and describes the current status of mining and the methods used to recover rubies and sapphires in the Mogok area.
Rubies and Fancy Sapphires from Vietnam
Gem-quality rubies and pink to purple sapphires are being recovered from the Luc Yen and Quy Chau mining regions of Vietnam.
A Survey of the Gemstone Resources of China
China has identified many deposits with significant potential to produce gemstones; various species are discussed.
Update on gemstone mining in Luc Yen, Vietnam
Explores the emergence of the Luc Yen area as a producer of corundum, spinel, tourmaline and other coloured stones.
Ruby and Sapphire from the Southern Ural Mountains, Russia
Primary occurrences of ruby, pink sapphire, sapphires of other colours and spinel have been found in marbles in the Ural Mountains.
Update on Mining Rubies and Fancy Sapphires in Northern Vietnam
Northern Vietnam began producing significant quantities of rubies and fancy sapphires in the late 1980s.
The Chanthaburi-Trat Gem Field, Thailand
Thailand has become the world's major source of gem ruby.
The Rubies of Burma: A Review of the Mogok Stone Tract
A review of the history of this area, its geology, and the mining methods that have predominated.
Ruby and Sapphire Production and Distribution: A Quarter Century of Change
During the past 25 years, the corundum market has been transformed from one of medium to high-priced gems to one that encompasses nearly all price ranges.