Inclusions of rutile (dark crystal and fine needles) and clusters of zircon grains in umbalite garnet, Tanzania
Inclusions of rutile (dark crystal and fine needles) and clusters of zircon grains in umbalite garnet, Tanzania
Epigenetic inclusion (probanly melanterite) in quartz, Brazil, crossed polarisers
Epigenetic inclusion (probanly melanterite) in quartz, Brazil, crossed polarisers
Inclusions of gilalite aggregates in rock crystal from Brazil
Inclusions of gilalite aggregates in rock crystal from Brazil
Inclusions of anatase crystal and rutile fibres in rock crystal from Brazil
Inclusions of anatase crystal and rutile fibres in rock crystal from Brazil
Fluid inclusions containing mica and quartz, in aquamarine from Pakistan
Fluid inclusions containing mica and quartz, in aquamarine from Pakistan
Bubbles and swirls in moldavite (natural glass)
Bubbles and swirls in moldavite (natural glass)
Inclusions of hematite in aquamarine, Tanzania
Inclusions of hematite in aquamarine, Tanzania
«Red fox agate» from Patagonia, Argentina
«Red fox agate» from Patagonia, Argentina
 
 

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Over the past 50 years, Gemmology has brought order to the relationship between man and precious stones. As a result, the public interest in these wonders of nature has increased significantly.

Due to the continual development of equipment and apparatus, coupled with the constant updating of the latest findings, it has been possible to continually refine the methods of gemmological testing. Gemmological knowledge is exchanged worldwide and so an internationally recognised nomenclature has been developed in order to prevent any misunderstanding.

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Oriented rutile platelets and needles in a star sapphire from Baw Mar, Burma

Oriented rutile platelets and needles in a star sapphire from Baw Mar, Burma.
Photo: Klaus Schollenbruch
© Gübelin Gem Lab

Flying ant in fossil resin from Ethiopia.

Flying ant in fossil resin from Ethiopia.
Photo: Klaus Schollenbruch
© Gübelin Gem Lab

Iridescent rutile needles and platelets in a sapphire from Burma

Iridescent rutile needles and platelets in a sapphire from Burma.
Photo: Lidia Bellomo
© Gübelin Gem Lab