Special Issue "Reviews and Recent Advances on Gemology"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Ian Graham

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), Faculty of Science, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia
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Interests: mineralogy; petrology; ore deposits; gemstones
Guest Editor
Dr. Stefanos Karampelas

Gübelin Gem Lab Ltd., Maihofstrasse 102, Luzern 6006, Switzerland
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Phone: +41 41 429 1717
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Interests: gemology; mineralogy; spectroscopy
Guest Editor
Dr. Panagiotis Voudouris

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Geology & Geoenvironment, Dept. of Mineralogy and Petrology, Panepistimioupolis-Ano Ilisia, 15784 Athens, Greece
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Phone: +30-210-7274129
Interests: Ore mineralogy; magmatic-hydrothermal deposits; geochemistry; hydrothermal alteration
Guest Editor
Dr. Vasilios Melfos

Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Economic Geology, Faculty of Geology, School of Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR-54124, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Phone: +30 2310 998539
Interests: economic geology; geochemistry; mineralogy and petrography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Gem materials have been appreciated since antiquity. Nowadays, gemology, i.e., the study of gem materials, is one of the most expanding fields in earth science. This is mainly due to new developments towards a more systematic gem mining, the new sophisticated (thus more difficult to detect) gem treatments applied to improve the appearance of gem materials, and the issues involved in identification of some synthetic gem materials. Moreover, recent statistics have shown that every year worldwide more than 10 billion euros are invested in the trade of diamonds and an additional 5 billion euros in the trade of other precious stones and materials. The purpose of this special issue is to publish reviews as well as recent advances on gemology. Articles that cover the spectroscopy, chemistry as well as formation and treatment of gem materials are welcome.

Dr. Ian Graham
Dr. Stefanos Karampelas
Dr. Panagiotis Voudouris
Dr. Vasilios Melfos
Guest Editors


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  • gemology
  • mineralogy
  • petrology
  • geochemistry
  • spectroscopy

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Open AccessArticle Advances in Trace Element “Fingerprinting” of Gem Corundum, Ruby and Sapphire, Mogok Area, Myanmar
Minerals 2015, 5(1), 61-79; doi:10.3390/min5010061
Received: 26 June 2014 / Accepted: 10 December 2014 / Published: 30 December 2014
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Mogok gem corundum samples from twelve localities were analyzed for trace element signatures (LA-ICP-MS method) and oxygen isotope values (δ18O, by laser fluorination). The study augmented earlier findings on Mogok gem suites that suggested the Mogok tract forms a high
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Mogok gem corundum samples from twelve localities were analyzed for trace element signatures (LA-ICP-MS method) and oxygen isotope values (δ18O, by laser fluorination). The study augmented earlier findings on Mogok gem suites that suggested the Mogok tract forms a high vanadium gem corundum area and also identified rare alluvial ruby and sapphire grains characterised by unusually high silicon, calcium and gallium, presence of noticeable boron, tin and niobium and very low iron, titanium and magnesium contents. Oxygen isotope values (δ18O) for the ruby and high Si-Ca-Ga corundum (20‰–25‰) and for sapphire (10‰–20‰) indicate typical crustal values, with values >20‰ being typical of carbonate genesis. The high Si-Ca-Ga ruby has high chromium (up to 3.2 wt % Cr) and gallium (up to 0. 08 wt % Ga) compared to most Mogok ruby (<2 wt % Cr; <0.02 wt % Ga). In trace element ratio plots the Si-Ca-Ga-rich corundum falls into separate fields from the typical Mogok metamorphic fields. The high Ga/Mg ratios (46–521) lie well within the magmatic range (>6), and with other features suggest a potential skarn-like, carbonate-related genesis with a high degree of magmatic fluid input The overall trace element results widen the range of different signatures identified within Mogok gem corundum suites and indicate complex genesis. The expanded geochemical platform, related to a variety of metamorphic, metasomatic and magmatic sources, now provides a wider base for geographic typing of Mogok gem corundum suites. It allows more detailed comparisons with suites from other deposits and will assist identification of Mogok gem corundum sources used in jewelry. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reviews and Recent Advances on Gemology)

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