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Journal of Gemmology 38/no.4

The latest issue of the Journal is out. Heat treated pink to red Spinel, Emerald mining in Brazil, several features on responsible practices, a host of conferences reviewed, and …

Demantoid from Iran

“Demantoid from Kerman Province in south-east Iran was investigated using microscopy, spectroscopy (optical absorption, FTIR and Raman), chemical analysis (EDXRF and LA-ICP-TOF-MS) and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The samples were transparent to semi-transparent and commonly contained acicular chrysotile inclusions. Their spectroscopic and chemical properties were consistent with demantoid from serpentinite host rock. The samples ranged from yellowish green to deep green, depending on Cr and Fe content. These two elements are also largely responsible for the material’s paramagnetic susceptibility. Our samples contained relatively high concentrations of the trace elements Cr, Ge, Ni and Co. Comparison with available chemical data on serpentinite-hosted demantoid from the literature suggests that Iranian demantoid can be separated from stones of other localities.”

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