Musgravite from Myanmar
Two small, near-colorless stones reportedly from Myanmar (0.11 and 0.24 ct; figure 1) were recently loaned to GIA for examination for identification.
Blue Cat's-Eye Apatite
Deep blue apatite with a cat’s-eye effect, however, is very rare.
Zoned Scapolite from India
This contributor encountered parcels of rough and faceted scapolite that appeared strongly zoned to the unaided eye.
Dumortierite-Quartz Rock Presented as Sapphire
The Gem Testing Laboratory of Jaipur, India, received for identification an opaque blue specimen, submitted as sapphire.
Undisclosed Samples of Large CVD Synthetic Diamond
In mid-2012, one of the international diamond grading laboratories in Antwerp reported undisclosed CVD synthetic diamonds, causing a stir in the diamond industry.
Exotic Stingray Skin Jewelry
The Ferraccia Jewelry Collection exhibited a huge variety of stingray leather goods at the AGTA show, including bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, belts, purses, and mobile phone cases.
Rare Double-trapiche Emerald
At the AGTA show, Equatorian Imports showed this contributor two pieces of emerald with a very rare double-trapiche pattern
An Opal-Calcite Composite
Gem Testing lab in Jaipur, India recently examined a white-brown, translucent to opaque oval cabochon that turned out to be a composite featuring an unusual combination of gem materials.
Rock Buttons from the United States
At the AGTA show, Columbia Gem House (Vancouver, Washington) introduced its American rock button collection.
Colored Stones Cut with High Precision
At the AGTA and GJX shows, China Stone (Bangkok) marketed a selection of tiny, precisely cut natural gemstones.