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Reply To: New member with a new-found fascination for gems! Seeking guidance.

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sydp
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Hi Philip, one other tool I always carry in the field on any buying trip is a spectroscope, it is not easy to use for beginners and you really need a fair bit of practice to understand the spectrums, but in the field it takes only seconds to identify, sapphire (except some Sri Lankan) nearly all Garnet, Ruby, pink red tourmaline peridot apatite, and a fair few more.
of course it will identify the gem and in a lot/most cases can be diagnostic, but it cannot tell if it is natural or synthetic, although in saying that if the gem is too clean and has a perfect spectrum ie as in a spectrum book, then you would suspect it to be synthetic. I have a gemmology diploma “Gem A” and they rely heavily on training students with the spectroscope which is part of their practical exams Thanks


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