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Gemmology — gemstones — characteristics, classification, specimens, library
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GEMMOLOGY — GEMSTONES

characteristics, classification, specimens, library

As gemstones we accept cut specimens of crystals of natural mineral species having a visible transparency and certain durability. From over 4800 known minerals (according to data of the International Mineralogical Association), approximately 150 satisfy the above conditions and form crystals of sufficient size to be cut.

The section ‘Classification’ presents descriptions of 163 different kinds of natural gemstones (104 mineral species). The Nickel-Strunz systematic order (10th edition) is used. Since gemmology does not always follow the systematics of minerals in naming, many popular varieties or just ’names’ are listed.

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Classification
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Epidote

— Characteristic of several facies of regionally metamorphosed rocks and some contaminated felsic igneous rocks; in contact zones between igneous and calcareous sedimentary rocks; from alteration of plagioclase (Anthony et al., 2001—2005). Faceted specimens are rare.
Epidote

The section ‘Repository’ contains data and photos of 728 specimens of gemstones. The smallest is just 1.96 mm (0.02 ct) ruby from Mozambique, and the largest — 70.11 mm (326.60 ct) rock crystal from Africa. Besides there are 7 specimens of synthetic stones.

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Rose quartz — specimen 0242

Some exceptional specimens of gemstones from our ‘Repository’

More specimens of gemstones
Chrysoberyl — specimen 0166
Opal — specimen 0167
Johachidolite — specimen 0174
Jadeite — specimen 0200

— More from ‘Repository

Currently there are 279 bibliographical references and abstracts to publications with gemmological or mineralogical thematics in the ‘Library’. The section comprises also a glossary with 381 terms.
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Glossary

enstatite — species of mineral; see enstatite in ‘Classification’
epidote — species of mineral; see epidote in ‘Classification’
euclase — species of mineral; see euclase in ‘Classification’
eudialyte — species of mineral; faceted specimens exist
Publications

Anthony, J. W., Bideaux, R. A., Bladh, K. W., Nichols, M. C. (Eds), 2001—2005 — Zoisite — Features the data of zoisite; from ‘Handbook of Mineralogy’.
Jameson, R., 1805 — Zoisite — Published in 1805 in ‘System of Mineralogy’; contains the original description of the mineral zoisite.