The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A) has released the latest issue of its academic publication, The Journal of Gemmology, in collaboration with the Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF, with the support of the American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) and The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT). The current issue (Vol. 35, No. 2), released on 11 July 2016, is packed with a wide array of new content, covering the latest news and research from the international gemmological community.
The issue features the articles: ‘Major- and Trace-element Composition of Paraíba-type Tourmaline from Brazil, Mozambique and Nigeria’ (by Martin Okrusch, Andreas Ertl, Ulrich Shüssler, Ekkehart Tillmanns, Helene Brätz and Hermann Bank), ‘Identification of Colourless HPHT-grown Synthetic Diamonds from Shandong, China’ (by Zhonghua Song, Taijin Lu, Shi Tang, Jie Ke, Jun Su, Bo Gao, Ning Hu, Jun Zhang, Jun Zhou, Lijun Bi and Dufu Wang), ‘Gem-quality Sekaninaite from the Czech Republic’ (by Radek Hanus, Ivana Kusá and Jana Kasíková) and ‘Phase Transformation of Epigenetic Iron Staining: Indication of Low-Temperature Heat Treatment in Mozambique Ruby’ (by Tasnara Sripoonjan, Bhuwadol Wanthanachaisaeng and Thanong Leelawatanasuk).
In addition to this collection of ground-breaking new articles, The Journal also delves into ‘What’s New’ in the industry by highlighting new technologies such as the D-Secure Synthetic Diamond Detection Instrument, the Dialite MasterGrader and updates to the ASDI Device and GemLab instruments, as well as reporting on the new mineral ‘Kyawthuite’. Furthermore, the issue features a listing of upcoming conferences, exhibits and other educational events to further the professional development of its readers.
Other sections that are sure to interest practicing gemmologists include ‘Gem Notes’, which describes a variety of new and interesting materials from Pakistan, Turkey, Norway, Tanzania, Mozambique and Afghanistan. The ‘Conferences’ section features reviews of recent events, including the Accredited Gemologists Association’s (AGA) Conference, the Mediterranean Gemmological & Jewellery Conference, the China Gems & Jewelry Academic Exchange, the Scottish Gemmological Association’s Conference and the Swiss Gemmological Society. ‘New Media’ reviews and lists the titles of new books on the market, and ‘Literature of Interest’ points the reader toward recently published gemmological articles, some of which are downloadable for free.
All Gem-A Members receive hard copies and online access to quarterly editions of The Journal of Gemmology and Gem-A’s sister publication Gems&Jewellery (published six times a year), along with a whole host of other features and benefits, for just £135 a year. In addition, The Journal is available by direct subscription to institutions.