A New Method for Detecting Be Diffusion-Treated Sapphires: Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)
This article describes the first application of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to gemmology.
Beryllium Diffusion of Ruby and Sapphire
The heat treatment of corundum involving lattice diffusion of beryllium (Be) at temperatures over 1800°C has become a major issue in the gem trade.
“Diffusion Ruby” Proves to be Synthetic Ruby Overgrowth on Natural Corundum
A relatively new production of red corundum, reportedly from Bangkok, has been offered for sale in recent years.
Hydrothermal Synthetic Red Beryl from the Institute of Crystallography, Moscow
Hydrothermal synthetic red beryl has been produced for jewellery applications.
Ruby and Sapphire from Jegdalek, Afghanistan
This study provides detailed mining and gemmological information on the Jegdalek deposit, in east-central Afghanistan, which is hosted by elongate beds of corundum-bearing marble.
Some Diagnostic Features of Russian Hydrothermal Synthetic Rubies and Sapphires
Most Russian hydrothermal synthetic rubies and pink, orange, green, blue and violet sapphires—coloured by chromium and/or nickel—reveal diagnostic zigzag or mosaic-like growth structures associated with colour zoning.
Separating Natural and Synthetic Rubies on the Basis of Trace-Element Chemistry
Natural and synthetic gem rubies can be separated on the basis of their trace-element chemistry.
Rubies and Fancy-Colour Sapphires from Nepal
Gem-quality rubies and fancy-colour sapphires have been recovered from dolomite marble lenses located high in the Himalayan mountains of east-central Nepal (Ganesh Himal).
Ruby crystals from Southeast Asia with a fixed six-rayed star, similar in effect to trapiche emeralds from Colombia, are described.
Introduction to Analysing Internal Growth Structures: Identification of the Negative d Plane in Natural Ruby
This article presents the methods and instruments needed to analyse the internal growth structures of corundum.