Nov 14, 2014

GIA’s Gems & Gemology focuses on Revitalisation of Sri Lankan Gem Industry

The cover story of the latest issue of Gems & Gemology, the scientific quarterly journal of the GIA, takes an in-depth look at Sri Lanka’s gem industry and documents “two decades of evolutionary and revolutionary changes in mining, trading and cutting for the island nation”.

Sri Lanka: Expedition to the Island of Jewels” uncovers a revitalised industry, “which has gained a stronger presence in the modern global marketplace by blending traditional skills with innovative strategies and technologies”.  Field researchers of the GIA along with Sri Lankan authors visited  mining, cutting, jewellrey manufacturing and retail centres to give a firsthand account of developments in that country.

This issue of G&G also carries a report from researchers in GIA’s Bangkok laboratory on non-nacreous pen pearls and their unusual beauty; and highlights pale-coloured nephrite jade from a new deposit in China’s Guangxi province “with interesting banded or dendritic patterns”.

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The Fall 2014 cover of Gems &Gemology. Cover photo by Vincent Pardieu; © GIA