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Tourmaline

Tourmalines have a wide variety of exciting colors with one of the widest color ranges of any gem.

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26.32-ct.

This 26.32-ct. oval pink tourmaline is from Mozambique.

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Rubellite

Trade name for pink, red, purplish red, and orangy red tourmaline.

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Inclusions

It’s not unusual for pink tourmalines to have eye-visible inclusions.

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California

This beautiful tourmaline mineral specimen is from California.

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Columnar Form

The specimen displays tourmaline’s characteristic columnar form.

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Fantastic Crystal

Fantastic pink tourmaline crystal with quartz with other minerals.

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Tools

Research

Gemstone classics from sources old and new
The Geographic Origin Dilemma

An overview of the geographic origin complexities facing the gem and jewelry industry today.

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Field gemologists sort through gem gravel in Myanmar
Field Gemology: Building a Research Collection and Understanding the Development of Gem Deposits

With more than 90 field expeditions on six continents since 2008, GIA has accumulated over 22,000 colored stone reference samples. This extensive collection of colored stones with known origins supports GIA’s research on geographic origin determination.

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Copper-bearing tourmalines from Brazil
Geographic Origin Determination of Paraíba Tourmaline

Copper-bearing gem tourmaline, known as Paraíba tourmaline after the location of its original discovery, is prized for its vivid blue to green color. This article explains GIA’s use of quantitative chemical analyses to distinguish samples from Brazil, Nigeria, and Mozambique.

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Three light-to-medium blue carved sculptures sit in a line – from larger to smaller.
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Making the Cut: The Art and Science of Fantasy Carving

Gem cutters - whether “gem whisperers” or mathematicians - create breathtakingly artistic individual gems and sculptures.

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Guardians of Trust: GIA’s Innovative Research, Instruments and Services

GIA’s services and instruments have grown in importance and impact as new gem treatments and laboratory-grown gems enter the market.

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The octopus head is a baroque Tahitian cultured pearl and its arms are made of black, yellow and white diamond (in a striped pattern) set in black-plated 18K gold.
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A Tropical Paradise of Ocean-Inspired Jewelry and Gemstones

Escape to a warm-water paradise in your mind with these jewels that formed in the sea, are inspired by marine life and evoke the ocean’s essence.

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People meet and mingle at the entrance to the JCK Show.
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Headwinds Slow 2019 Vegas Business, Lab-grown Diamonds Proliferate

Decent demand for finished jewelry, but less for loose gems. Plus: Lab-grown diamonds and responsible, sustainable business practices.

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Looking down the crystal axis of a backlit 58.83 ct trapiche emerald
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Emerald: The Superstar of Trapiche Gemstones

Trapiche emeralds, which display a distinct six-spoke wheel pattern, set the standard as some of the finest and most spectacular crystals unearthed.

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A New Method for Determining Gem Tourmaline Species by LA-ICP-MS

Presents a simplified but comprehensive classification of gem tourmaline species based on quantitative measurement of six common major elements.

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Appendix 3: Calculation Method for Tourmaline Species Classification Used Here

Calculation Method for Tourmaline Species Classification Used Here

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