Fall 2017 - Volume 53, Issue 3
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Cross-like cloud pattern in diamond.
Unusual Cloud in Diamond

A diamond with a previously unseen clarity characteristic is seen in GIA’s Carlsbad lab.

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Quartz silver pendant with hematite inclusions.
Hematite in Quartz: “A Rose by Any Other Name”

A quartz cabochon hosts an unusual rose-shaped hematite inclusion.

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Surface-reaching growth tubes in a sapphire.
Growth Tube Cluster in Sapphire

Surface-reaching growth tubes in a sapphire provide insight into the gem’s origin and treatment history.

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Quartz crystals with rutile tufts.
Silvery Rutile “Tufts” in Quartz

A silver star-like arrangement of rutile is found in quartz crystals from a California deposit.

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Fluorite containing two barite inclusions.
Quarterly Crystal: Barite in Fluorite

A fluorite specimen hosts two eye-visible, prominent white barite inclusions.

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Sapphire inclusion scene resembling a flower.
“Flower in the Rain” Inclusion in Sri Lankan Sapphire

A growth blockage/fluid inclusion combination in a blue sapphire from Sri Lanka resembles a bloom in a rainstorm.

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