Switzerland’s SSEF and Gübelin Gem Lab agree to harmonise ‘pigeon blood red’ and ‘royal blue’ standards
The Swiss-based Gübelin Gem Lab and Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, recognised as the leading laboratories for coloured stone testing, have agreed to harmonise their standards for the colour terms “pigeon blood red” and “royal blue.” Their goal is to standardise the usage of these terms for the benefit of the international gemstone trade.
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Om een bleke steen kleur te geven kan deze een diffuus behandeling krijgen.
Bij saffier werd dit vroeger veel gedaan met titanium maar gebeurt tegenwoordig vaker met beryllium. Omdat beryllium een kleinere atoom structuur heeft.
Hiervoor wordt de steen verwarmt tot net onder het smeltpunt in de aanwezigheid van het element dat de kleur moet veroorzaken. Hierdoor zal in de buitenste laag van de edelsteen het element worden opgenomen in het kristalrooster.
Als de steen beschadigd of verslepen wordt dan kan de oorspronkelijke kleur weer naar voren komen omdat deze behandeling alleen in de buitenste laag van de edelsteen zit.
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Gemstone miner Richland Resources has begun commercial production of sapphire gemstones from its Capricorn Sapphire mine, located in Queensland, Australia.
Source: INDEX Online
Twentieth century Australian tin miners came across a deposit of material that was very different − and much more colorful − than what they expected: fine blue, green and yellow sapphire.
in 1958, a ruby and sapphire deposit was discovered about 145 kilometers south of Malawi’s capital of Lilongwe on Chimwadzulu Hill. Although this is one of the oldest known gemstone deposits on the African continent, very little has been published about its production in recent years.
GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) monthly Gemstone Gatherings in Bangkok offer an opportunity to exchange information and discuss diverse interests related to gemstones.
Review of Richard Hughes’s Ruby & Sapphire: A Collector’s Guide
28 January 2013: NEW YORK – American Gemological Laboratories (AGL): Gemstone treatments are a regular issue which the gemstone trade has to contend with. In May 2012, AGL first learned of a new type of treated sapphire which was becoming available in the Bangkok market “This treatment was first described to me as a new type of lead-glass treated corundum where a blue colorant was also introduced.” indicated Christopher P. Smith, President of AGL.
In November and December of 2012, clients of the AGL contacted the lab indicating that such stones were starting to be encountered in the marketplace. Recently a couple of samples were sent to the AGL by Dr. Cigdem Lule of GemWorld International Inc. Although the stones appeared fairly transparent and had a convincing “blue sapphire” color, color concentrations were readily visible upon closer scrutiny even with the unaided eye and were obvious with magnification using a 10x loupe or microscope (figure 1 below).
“A chemical analysis readily showed a high concentration of lead in addition to the aluminum oxide of corundum, with trace elements of iron and gallium, while a visible spectrum revealed absorption bands associated with cobalt.” Smith stated (figure 2 below).
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Composite Sapphire Sample Report