Gemological Institute

As a tourist in many Asian countries, you often stumble over street traders, who offer a variety of precious stones. As a tourist in many Asian countries, you often stumble over street traders, who offer a variety of precious stones. Target group is the local population more frequently but on advice of astrologers or of the Ayurvedic doctor cheap stones looking for jewelry purposes. Too often succumb but also tourists who, after all, mostly very cheap – temptation. The following in the stud book was written all those who think to be able to raise resources on street markets. U Tin Hlaing, retired Gemmologist which Panglong University in Burma, has since 1990 stones that have been obtained in such a market, examined and documented. The result was the Spring Edition 2008 of gems & Gemology of America, published magazine of the Gemological Institute.

All the stones were 62% Ruby, which is stately 58% as VERNEUIL school syntheses. 27% of the examined stones were blue and colorless Sapphires. The proportion of VERNEUIL syntheses among these is still sobering and more than 90%! At least, under the colorless sapphires were more real than synthetic stones. Synthetic Spinels in aquamarine color, GGG was also on offer (gallium aluminum Garnet) in Peridot-like color, YAG (yttrium aluminium Garnet), cubic zirconia, and of course, glass blocks, which accounted for a good part of the larger stones along with the synthetic Spinels. To the rehabilitation of hawkers was held that this Act actually not with intention of fraud, but serve the local market on the syntheses and imitations of fierce demand. It goes without saying however that the opportunity to draw unsuspecting and write language tourists across the table, is gladly taken.

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