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Press Release: Gem-A Issues May's Journal of Gemmology

May 8, 2015 9:08 AM   By Gem-A
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Press Release: 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 and with the support of the American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) and the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT). The current issue (Vol. 34, No. 5, 2015), released on April 25, 2015, is packed with a wide array of new content, covering the latest news and research from the international gemological community. 
The issue features articles titled: The Potential of a Portable EDXRF (by Franz A. Herzog), Green Lead-Glass-Filled Sapphires (by Thanong Leelawatanasuk, Namrawee Susawee, Supparat Promwongnan and Nicharee Atsawatanapiro), Demantoid from Balochistan, Pakistan: Gemmological and Mineralogical Characterization (by Ilaria Adamo, Rosangela Bocchio, Valeria Diella, Franca Caucia and Karl Schmetzer) and Nail-Head Spicules as Inclusions in Chrysoberyl from Myanmar (by Karl Schmetzer and Michael S. Krzemnicki).

In addition to this collection of articles, The Journal also delves into What's New in the industry by highlighting the GL Gem Spectrometer, the Presidum Gem Indicator, GIT lab updates, and newsletters from the Gem Testing Laboratory (Jaipur, India), GGTL and ICGL, along with a look at global gold demand trends, the latest edition of Geoffrey Dominy's "Handbook of Gemmology" (third edition), pink and blue CVD synthetic diamonds and a free colored stone app. Furthermore, the issue features detailed listings of upcoming conferences, exhibits and other educational events to further the professional development of its readers.

Other sections that are sure to interest practicing gemologists include Practical Gemmology which discusses the color grading of synthetic moissanite, and Gem Notes, which describes a variety of new and interesting materials, including a large gem-quality kunzite crystal from Brazil; a visit to a marble-hosted ruby mine in Mogok, Myanmar; Zawadi sapphires; tourmaline from the Havey Quarry, Maine and much more. The Conferences section takes armchair travelers to visit the recent AGA and GILC Tucson Conferences, as well as the 2014 GIT Conference. New Media reviews several new books and lists the titles of many more and Literature of Interest points the reader toward recently published gemological articles, some of which are downloadable for free.

Discussing the latest issue of The Journal of Gemmology, its editor in chief, Brendan Laurs, said,  "With this issue of Volume 34, we begin the second year of the redesigned Journal of Gemmology. From laboratory research to field studies, this issue highlights much of interest to the international gemological community, particularly in the areas of new gem materials, technology and treatments."

All Gem-A members receive hard copies and online access to quarterly editions of The Journal of Gemmology and Gem-A's other publication Gems&Jewellery, along with a whole host of other features and benefits, for just GBP 135 a year. In addition, The Journal also is available by direct subscription to institutions. For more information on how to sign-up and get your copy, visit the Publications section of Gem-A's website, where you can also sign-up.

About Gem-A

The Gemmological Association of Great Britain, or Gem-A, a London-based educational charity, is the world's longest-established provider of gem education and a membership organization that forms an international community of gem professionals and enthusiasts. Gem-A seeks to serve the best interests of the gem and jewelry industries worldwide through its commitment to supporting gemological research and high educational and trade standards. For information, please visit

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