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The Importance of Inclusions in Gemology
In general, inclusions can help answer many questions about their host gemstones. First and foremost, inclusions might provide clues for identifying a gemstone’s species. They may also help gemologists determine whether a particular specimen is natural or synthetic. In some cases, that may even indicate the source. Inclusions might also divulge if the host gem has received treatment or enhancement.
Natural Spinel Inclusions
The GIA classifies spinels as Type II clarity gemstones, which means they’re usually included. Although the highest-valued spinels are usually eye-clean, most spinels contain many kinds of inclusions visible only through magnification and some visible to the naked eye.…
Emily Frontiere is a GIA Graduate Gemologist. She is particularly experienced working with estate/antique jewelry.
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