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Colombian independent miners
Colombian Emerald Industry: Winds of Change

A firsthand look at Colombia’s emerald mines and the cutting and trading industry in Bogotá.

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Montana sapphires after two rounds of heating
Big Sky Country Sapphire: Visiting Montana’s Alluvial Deposits

Documents a visit to the upper Missouri River and Rock Creek sapphire mining areas.

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Two variscite cabochons from central Tajikistan
Variscite from Central Tajikistan: Preliminary Results

A look at the gemological properties and chemical composition of this light blue to light green to green gem material, which is suitable for cabochon cutting.

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Particolor tourmaline crystal from Luc Yen, Vietnam
An Update on Tourmaline from Luc Yen, Vietnam

Reviews the characteristics of tourmaline from pegmatites in the Luc Yen district of northern Vietnam.

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Jadeite boulder from Itoigawa, Japan
Japanese Jadeite Tables

Examines the sources, color, texture, and chemical composition of jadeite from Japanese deposits.

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Brazilian Diamonds: A Historical and Recent Perspective

Recounts the history, geology, and notable localities of diamond mining in Brazil, and outlines plans for future diamond production.

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Jadeite boulder from Itoigawa, Japan
Japanese Jadeite: History, Characteristics, and Comparison with Other Sources

Examines the sources, color, texture, and chemical composition of jadeite from Japanese deposits.

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Multi-colored gems are superimposed on an image of glacier peaks.
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Gems and Minerals from the Subarctic

Circumnavigate the boreal reaches of the globe to explore gems from polar regions.

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Rough danburite crystals from Luc Yen, Vietnam
A New Find of Danburite in the Luc Yen Mining Area, Vietnam

Reports on a recently discovered eluvial deposit of honey yellow danburite with excellent transparency.

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A close-up image of a pile of rough diamonds.
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Ups and Downs of 2016 Make for an Uncertain 2017

The diamond industry was slow to recover in 2016 and colored gems got a welcome shot in the arm. Mixed signals leave no clear indicators for 2017.

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