Feature Gems & Gemology, Summer 1988, Vol. 24, No. 2

Examination of Three-Phase Inclusions in Colorless, Yellow, and Blue Sapphires from Sri Lanka

Three-phase inclusions in untreated natural colorless, yellow, and blue sapphires from Sri Lanka were found to consist of liquid and gaseous carbon dioxide as well as needle-like to tabular crystals of diaspore. The identification of diaspore was accomplished through the use of a microscope-mounted drill system and an improved version of the Gandolfi X-ray camera. Technical details for both methods are given. The conditions under which diaspore forms as a daughter mineral in corundum are briefly discussed.