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Mining Diamonds in the Canadian Arctic: The Diavik Mine

Located near the Arctic Circle, Diavik is one of the world’s richest diamond deposits and a leader in sustainable mining.

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Two variscite cabochons from central Tajikistan
Variscite from Central Tajikistan: Preliminary Results

A look at the gemmological properties and chemical composition of this light blue to light green to green gem material, which is suitable for cabochon cutting.

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The Stories Behind the Photos: A Gigantic Aquamarine and ‘Gaudy’ Nature

Gemmological photojournalist Robert Weldon shares the stories behind some of his favourite photos.

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Gems and Minerals from the Sub-Arctic

Circumnavigate the boreal reaches of the globe to explore gems from polar regions.

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Colombian Emerald Industry: Winds of Change

A first-hand look at Colombia’s emerald mines and the cutting and trading industry in Bogotá.

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Jadeite boulder from Itoigawa, Japan
Japanese Jadeite: History, Characteristics and Comparison with Other Sources

Examines the sources, colour, texture and chemical composition of jadeite from Japanese deposits.

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Chrysoberyl from the New England Placer Deposits, New South Wales, Australia

Examines a collection of chrysoberyl samples from these sapphire placer deposits to determine their distinct mineralogical and chemical properties.

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Rough danburite crystals from Luc Yen, Vietnam
A New Find of Danburite in the Luc Yen Mining Area, Vietnam

Reports on a recently discovered eluvial deposit of honey yellow danburite with excellent transparency.

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Ups and Downs of 2016 Make for an Uncertain 2017

The diamond industry was slow to recover in 2016 and coloured gems got a welcome shot in the arm. Mixed signals leave no clear indicators for 2017.

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Russia’s Lomonosov Diamond Project Shows its Fancy Colours

Lomonosov yields fancy colours – purplish pink, violet, green, yellow and brown – and a high percentage of gem-quality colourless (D-to-Z) diamonds.

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