Spring 2013 - Vol. 49, No. 1
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Musgravite from Myanmar
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.

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Blue Cat's-Eye Apatite
Blue Cat's-Eye Apatite

Deep blue apatite with a cat’s-eye effect, however, is very rare.

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Zoned Scapolite from India

This contributor encountered parcels of rough and faceted scapolite that appeared strongly zoned to the unaided eye.

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Dumortierite as sapphire
Dumortierite-Quartz Rock Presented as Sapphire

The Gem Testing Laboratory of Jaipur, India, received for identification an opaque blue specimen, submitted as sapphire.

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CVD Synthetic Diamond
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.

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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.

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Rare Double-trapiche Emerald

At the AGTA show, Equatorian Imports showed this contributor two pieces of emerald with a very rare double-trapiche pattern

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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.

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Rock Buttons from the United States

At the AGTA show, Columbia Gem House (Vancouver, Washington) introduced its American rock button collection.

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Tiny cut stones highly saturated
Colored Stones Cut with High Precision

At the AGTA and GJX shows, China Stone (Bangkok) marketed a selection of tiny, precisely cut natural gemstones.

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