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Digital Photomicrography for Gemologists

A guide to capturing gem inclusion scenes using practical equipment and techniques and the appropriate image-refining software.

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Color bars on top and sides of 3,019 ct rough opal
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.

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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.

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Gemstone Durability: Design to Display

A treatise on the design, display, care and repair of fine gemstones.

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Treated Andamooka Matrix Opal
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.

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Carving Gem-Quality Opal

An examination of the challenges of carving gem-quality opal.

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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.

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Abstract Header from the 2009 issue 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.

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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.

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