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Pyrope Garnet and Montana Sapphires Highlight Winter 2015 G&G

G&G Brief presents an overview of the content of the Winter 2015 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Solution-Generated Pink Color Surrounding Growth Tubes and Cracks in Blue to Blue-Green Copper-Bearing Tourmalines
Solution-Generated Pink Color Surrounding Growth Tubes and Cracks in Blue to Blue-Green Copper-Bearing Tourmalines from Mozambique

Several transparent, faceted, blue to blue-green copper-bearing tourmalines containing growth tubes and cracks surrounded by sleeves of pink color were examined for this report.

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Spectral Differentiation Between Copper and Iron Colorants in Gem Tourmalines
Spectral Differentiation Between Copper and Iron Colorants in Gem Tourmalines

The authors used Vis-NIR spectral measurements combined with LA-ICP-MS data to investigate the usefulness of absorption spectra.

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Liddicoatite Tourmaline from Anjanabonoina, Madagascar

Liddicoatite, a calcium-rich lithium tourmaline, was recognized as a separate mineral species in 1977, and named in honor of Richard T. Liddicoat.

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Ancient Tourmaline and Beryl from Afghanistan

Examination of a large private collection of beads and carvings from antique excavations, assembled in the 1970s by a collector in Afghanistan.

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Mt. Mica: A Renaissance in Maine’s Gem Tourmaline Production

The Mt. Mica area in southwestern Maine has been mined for tourmaline and other pegmatite gems since the 1820s.

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Gem-Quality Cuprian-Elbaite Tourmalines from São José Da Batalha, Paraíba, Brazil

Unusually vivid tourmalines from the state of Paraiba, in north eastern Brazil, have attracted great interest since they first appeared on the international gem market in 1989.

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The Elahera Gem Field in Central Sri Lanka

The Elahera gem field currently provides approximately 35% of the gemstones exported from Sri Lanka.

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A Status Report on Gemstones from Afghanistan

An overview of the plentiful and various gem materials being discovered and produced in Afghanistan.

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Interesting Red Tourmaline from Zambia

A new source of red tourmaline is identified in Zambia.

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