Winter 2017 - Volume 53, Issue 4
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Bracelet containing akoya cultured pearls from Australia
Akoya Cultured Pearl Farming in Eastern Australia

Characterizes the akoya cultured pearls produced on the eastern shoreline of Australia using native Pinctada imbricata fucata mollusks.

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Micro-Features of Ruby
Inclusions in Natural, Synthetic, and Treated Ruby

Provides a visual guide to the internal features of natural, synthetic, and treated rubies.

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Three cultured pearls, one natural
Real-Time Microradiography of Pearls: A Comparison Between Detectors

Compares the image quality provided by real-time microradiographic imaging (RTX) units fitted with two different detectors: an image intensifier (II) and a flat panel detector (FPD).

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Accurate Reporting of Key Trace Elements in Ruby and Sapphire Using Matrix-Matched Standards

Presents a group of corundum standards developed by GIA to improve the accuracy and efficiency of its laser ablation–inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) instruments.

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Quartzite dyed to resemble ruby-in-zoisite.
Dyed Quartzite Imitation of Ruby-in-Zoisite

Beads appearing to be ruby-in-zoisite are revealed to be dyed quartzite.

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