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Gerd Dreher agate lily and Patrick Dreher citrine mouse
Gem Virtuosos: The Drehers and Their Extraordinary Carvings

A look at the artistic heritage of the Drehers, an influential family of gem carvers in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

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Color zoning in amethyst from Boudi, Morocco
Amethyst from Boudi, Morocco

An introduction to Moroccan amethyst, which features distinctive color zoning and inclusions.

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The 3543 CM-1 Infrared Absorption Band in Natural and Synthetic Amethyst and its Value in Identification

The proper use and limitations of IR spectroscopy for identifying natural versus synthetic amethyst of various types have been investigated, focusing on the region 3800–3000 cm-1.

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Infrared Spectroscopy of Natural vs. Synthetic Amethyst: An Update

When microscopic identification is not feasible, FTIR spectra at high resolution (0.5 cm–1) can distinguish natural and synthetic amethyst.

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Amethyst from Four Peaks, Arizona

For more than a century, the Four Peaks mine in Maricopa County, Arizona, has produced gem-quality amethyst.

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Amethystine Chalcedony

"Damsonite," the trade name for a new type of chalcedony, is analysed and described.

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Identification of Extraterrestrial Peridot by Trace Elements
Identification of Extraterrestrial Peridot by Trace Elements

Twenty-six peridot samples from the Esquel pallasite meteorite and 27 samples from 10 terrestrial sources were studied by laser ablation.

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Artificially Induced Colour in Amethyst-Citrine Quartz

A new and rather unusual gem material and possible treatments are discussed.

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Amethyst Mining in Brazil

Brazil is currently the leader in overall production of amethyst.

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A Status Report on Gemstones from Afghanistan

An overview of the plentiful and various gem materials being discovered and produced in Afghanistan.

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