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Amethyst Fingerprint Inclusions The definition of perfect, according to Merriam-Webster, is to be "entirely without fault or defect".
So in essence, in order to be defined as perfect, something must be internally and externally flawless. It is fair to say that natural gemstones are expected to have some degree of imperfection, allowing the concept of flawlessness to flow with leniency in the colored gem trade. Colored gems have completely different standards to diamonds, with regard to what are acceptable inclusions, which is why the colored gem trade lacks an official clarity grading scale.
External Flaws Gemstones can have both external and internal flaws. Gemstone flaws occurring on the outer surface of a gem are more than likely the result of an "external" environmental factor. Some examples of external flaws commonly found with precious gems are scratches, blemishes or chipped edges. Gemstone inclusions are often used to help identify a specific gem.
Like fingerprints, each gemstone has its own unique internal structure. Due to the individual characteristics of each gem, no two gemstones are alike. Formed by nature, or sometimes by man through the process of enhancement, inclusions can make the most intriguing of gems even more uncommon. Internal gem inclusions can be classified in several ways, but will generally fall under one of the following main categories: Solid Inclusions A solid inclusion is any enclosed inclusion, which can pretty much mean any other mineral specimen, including the host mineral.
For example, solid inclusions can include pyrite deposits found in lapis lazuli , green mica deposits in aventurine and rutile deposits found in sapphire. Other solid inclusions could be needles, minerals and crystal growths such as calcite.
Liquid Inclusions Liquid inclusions in gemstones Some gemstone specimens have unique internal cavities within their structure. Typically these cavities are very small, but some specimens may have quite large cavities. These cavities are often occupied by a liquid, such as water or saline. Cavities can also contain liquid carbon dioxide or even natural hydrocarbon compounds. Gaseous Inclusions As with liquid inclusions, gaseous inclusions are gasses that occupy a cavity within a gemstone.
Typically cavity gasses are composed of air, but they can also be filled with carbon dioxide or compound gasses. It is even possible for gasses to be within a liquid inclusion as well.
Gaseous inclusions can be easily identified since they appear as bubbles in a gemstone. As a host crystal grows, stops, and then starts to re-grow again, it coats previous surface layers. During this repeated process, preexisting layers are coated with new substances. The resulting formation is what is referred to as a phantom inclusion.
Another type of optical inclusion is caused when changes in the structure or composition of a crystal result in color zoning. Additionally, radiation halos are caused by radioactive minerals in crystals. Value Typical Needle-Like Inclusions in Tourmaline It is understandable to believe the common misperception that all inclusions are bad, especially since the very word, inclusion, can easily conjure up vivid images of nasty internal cracks, feathers, fractures or clouds, but the truth is that not all inclusions are bad.
In fact, there are even some gem types that are actually valued for their inclusions. For example, amber is a gem type composed of fossilized, hardened resin. Insects, plants and other organic materials are often found trapped within the resin, and specimens with organic matter inside are highly prized and valued. Other types of gems with valuable inclusions are rutile quartz , Russian demantoid garnet and certain types of corundum, such as ruby and sapphire that contain velvety rutile inclusions known in the trade as "silk".
Common Inclusions in Natural Emerald It is fair to say that the value of a gemstone is based on its rarity and not whether or not it has so-called flaws. A gemstone with impurities and inclusions may actually be considered a perfect specimen and could just be more valuable than you would expect.
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An Introduction to Gemstone Inclusions
About the Authors Introduction While much of the current content was familiar to me, I was delighted by serendipitous discovery on many pages. The introduction was particularly sweet, beginning with the statement that "Nature is the ultimate expression of who we are, what we are, and where we came from", this verse interlaced with striking images that simply leave the mouth agog. By necessity, when discussing a single gem type such as ruby or emerald , the color palette on each page is limited emerald pages are mostly green; ruby pages are mostly red, etc. While the Photoatlas volumes superficially masquerade as art tomes, at their heart we must remember they are reference texts. Synthetic and Treated Gems One of the most important features of Photoatlas Volume 3 is the extensive coverage of synthetic and treated varieties of the major gems. This is invaluable for working gemologists and jewelers and makes Volume 3 truly a standout.
Photoatlas of Inclusions In Gemstones Volume 1
Amethyst Fingerprint Inclusions The definition of perfect, according to Merriam-Webster, is to be "entirely without fault or defect". So in essence, in order to be defined as perfect, something must be internally and externally flawless. It is fair to say that natural gemstones are expected to have some degree of imperfection, allowing the concept of flawlessness to flow with leniency in the colored gem trade. Colored gems have completely different standards to diamonds, with regard to what are acceptable inclusions, which is why the colored gem trade lacks an official clarity grading scale. External Flaws Gemstones can have both external and internal flaws. Gemstone flaws occurring on the outer surface of a gem are more than likely the result of an "external" environmental factor. Some examples of external flaws commonly found with precious gems are scratches, blemishes or chipped edges.