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Gemmological Characterisation of Sapphires from Yogo Gulch, Montana

A look at the mining and distinguishing characteristics of this naturally vibrant blue sapphire.

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Rough Diamond Auctions: Sweeping Changes In Pricing and Distribution

Examines the growing percentage of rough diamonds being sold through auctions, a shift that has caused price volatility while opening up supply to more manufacturers and dealers.

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Study sample emeralds
A Preliminary Study on the Separation of Natural and Synthetic Emeralds Using Vibrational Spectroscopy

Reports preliminary findings—based on FTIR and Raman spectrometry of more than 300 samples—on distinguishing natural and synthetic emeralds using vibrational spectroscopy.

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Argyle pink diamonds
Exceptional Pink to Red Diamonds: A Celebration of the 30th Argyle Diamond Tender

Describes the extremely rare polished pink diamonds from Australia’s Argyle mine that have been sold for 30 years through invitation-only tenders.

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Blue Moon, rough and cut
Study of the Blue Moon Diamond

Presents spectroscopic and phosphorescence data of the Blue Moon, a 12.03 ct Fancy Vivid blue diamond discovered at the historic Cullinan mine in early 2014.

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Sri Lanka: Expedition to the Island of Jewels
Sri Lanka: Expedition to the Island of Jewels

Offers a first-hand look at Sri Lanka’s mining, cutting, jewellery manufacturing and retail sectors, where tradition and innovation converge.

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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.

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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.

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Sapphires from Antsiranana Province, Northern Madagascar
Sapphires from Antsiranana Province, Northern Madagascar | Gems & Gemology

Since 1996, large quantities of yellow to blue sapphires have been recovered from alluvial deposits derived from basaltic rocks in northern Madagascar.

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Ruby and Sapphire from Jegdalek, Afghanistan
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.

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