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Characterization of Blue Sapphires from the Mogok Stone Tract, Mandalay Region, Burma (Myanmar)

The Mogok Stone Tract of central Myanmar (Burma) is one of the world’s most famed sources of colored stones, particularly ruby, sapphire, and spinel.

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Rough and cut sapphires
A Study of Sapphire from Chanthaburi, Thailand and its Gemological Characteristics

A report from the GIA Laboratory in Bangkok presents their findings on 59 blue sapphire samples obtained from a miner in the Khao Ploy Waen area, Chanthaburi.

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Blue Sapphires
An In-Depth Gemological Study of Blue Sapphires from the Baw Mar Mine (Mogok, Myanmar)

GIA field gemologists visited Baw Mar operations in 2013, 2014, and 2015. In this study, we analyzed samples collected during two separate expeditions.

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Blue sapphires
An In-Depth Gemological Study of Blue Sapphires from Pailin, Cambodia

A report from GIA Laboratory in Bangkok analyzing 68 blue sapphires from Pailin, Cambodia.

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Sapphires from the Gem Rush Bemainty area, Ambatondrazaka (Madagascar)

The discovery of many fine quality sapphires in this area is opening a new chapter in the conflict between conservation and gem mining in northeastern Madagascar.

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New Nigerian Source of Blue Sapphire

A preliminary report on blue sapphires from a new deposit in Nigeria's Mambilla Plateau.

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