Digital Photomicrography for Gemologists
A guide to capturing gem inclusion scenes using practical equipment and techniques and the appropriate image-refining software.
The Challenges of Cutting a Large Gem Opal Rough
A first-person account of cutting a 3,019 ct piece of white opal to create a 1,040 ct gem with play-of-color across the surface.
Shenzhen: The Frontier of China’s Gem and Jewelry Industry
All jewelry professionals are familiar with the city of Shenzhen, a global jewelry manufacturing center and a leader of China’s fast-growing gem and jewelry industry. Join the GIA team as we tour the city and discover more about its leading jewelry brands.
Gemstone Durability: Design to Display
A treatise on the design, display, care and repair of fine gemstones.
Treated Andamooka Matrix Opal
Matrix opal from Andamooka, in South Australia, is a precious opal-included porous rock that is commonly color enhanced (carbon impregnated) to imitate the highly prized black opal from Lightning Ridge in northern New South Wales, Australia.
Carving Gem-Quality Opal
An examination of the challenges of carving gem-quality opal.
Abstracts; Winter 2009
This article, from the Winter 2009 issue of Gems & Gemology, is a compilation of abstracts of important gemology-related articles published outside of Gems & Gemology.
Abstracts; Summer 2009
This article, from the Summer 2009 issue of Gems & Gemology, is a compilation of abstracts of important gemology-related articles published outside of Gems & Gemology.
A Useful Technique to Confirm the Hydrophane Nature of Opal
Observing a water drop’s interaction with opal, as well as refractive index, can confirm a specimen’s hydrophane nature with less risk of breakage than total immersion.