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Eight HPHT faceted synthetic diamonds from AOTC Group
Near-Colourless HPHT Synthetic Diamonds from AOTC Group

Presents the gemmological and spectroscopic properties of a suite of synthetic diamonds grown by AOTC using high pressure and high temperature.

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Man Sin mining
Hunting for
“Jedi” Spinels in Mogok

Documents a series of visits to Myanmar in search of exceptionally bright pinkish red spinels possessing no dark tones.

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Green Amber
Characterisation of “Green Amber” With Infrared and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

A peridot-like bright greenish yellow to green gem material called “green amber” has recently appeared in the gem market.

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Update on Ammolite Production from Southern Alberta, Canada

There have been a number of changes in Ammolite production from southern Alberta, Canada, since 2001.

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Cultured pearl prepped for analysis
A Look Inside a Remarkably Large Beaded South Sea Cultured Pearl

A study of the nacre and the cavity of a large Pinctada maxima cultured pearl yields a theory on the specimen’s formation.

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Liddicoatite Tourmaline from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar

Liddicoatite, a calcium-rich lithium tourmaline, was recognised as a separate mineral species in 1977, and named in honour of Richard T. Liddicoat.

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Gemesis Laboratory-Created Diamonds

High-quality synthetic diamonds created by the Gemesis Corp. are examined and their gemmological properties are explicated.

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10 Study Samples Before and After HPHT Processing
GE POL Diamonds: Before and After

This article explores and identifies the changes that type IIa GE POL diamonds experience before and after HPHT annealing.

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Copper and tenorite inclusions in cuprian-elbaite tourmaline from Paraíba, Brazil

Inclusions of native copper and tenorite (CuO) were found in greyish-green elbaite from São José da Batalha, Paraíba, Brazil.

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De Beers near Colourless-to-Blue Experimental Gem-Quality Synthetic Diamonds

De Beers has produced a faceted synthetic gem-quality diamond that could go unrecognised without careful gemmological testing.

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