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Being based in a gem centre like Jaipur, GTL is exposed to a range of unusual and bizarre gem materials submitted for identification. Because of the dedication and passion our staff gemmologists possess, these gem materials undergo a thorough research for their complete understanding. The results of such research are shared with the world through publications in various highly read gemmological journals of international repute.

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Choudhary G. (2013) Greenish Blue Spodumene. Gems & Gemology, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp 258-259

Green and yellow colors of spodumene, in addition to the widely known violet-pink variety kunzite, are now familiar to the trade and often submitted to gem labs. Recently, this contributor examined a greenish blue specimen that unexpectedly turned out to be spodumene. The most striking feature of the specimen was its strong pleochroism, which displayed three colors: green, blue, and violet. Absorption spectra revealed the cause of colour to be Mn in various states.

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Choudhary G. & Fernandes S. (2013) Inclusions in Indian Rubies. Presented at International Gemmological Conference (IGC) 2013 held in Vietnam from 12 -19 October 2013. Abstract in proceedings volume

An attempt was made to correlate the types of inclusions observed in rubies from various Indian states and their associated rock types. This study revealed a range of inclusions found in Indian rubies, which were of more or less similar type, pattern and appearance. No consistency was observed in the type and pattern of inclusion, restricted to a specific locality (states) and the associated rock types, although some of the minerals were identified only in specific locality such as hematite (in Chhattisgarh), chromite and green mica (in Orissa), and apatite and yellow spinel (in Tamil Nadu).

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Choudhary G. (2013) Boron carbide imitation of black diamond. Gems & Gemology, Vol. 49, No. 3, pp 180-181

As black diamond has gained popularity in the past few years, so have aggregates of black synthetic moissanite and crystalline silicon. One specimen received by the Gem Testing Laboratory in Jaipur, a 1.04 ct black submetallic round brilliant, appeared to be synthetic black moissanite but proved to be boron carbide

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Choudhary G. (2013) Corundum carving coated with a colored polymer. Gems & Gemology, Vol. 49, No. 3, pp 184-185

Coating, one of the traditional forms of enhancement, is still widely used on a number of gem materials. The latest is a dark violetish blue carving of the early Jain spiritual leader Lord Mahaveera, submitted as sapphire that turned out to be corundum coated with a blue colored polymer.

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