first published in Facette 22 (February 2016) The Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF received two blue translucent samples, a water-worn pebble, and a faceted stone of 1.72 ct cut from the same piece (Figure 1). The material was bought in Arusha (Tanzania) in December 2013 by Mr. Farooq Hashmi. Standard gemmolo

first published in Facette 22 (February 2016) Chrysoberyl is found in various colours, mostly yellow to green and brown due to iron, light green to bluish green (vanadium) or as the colour-changing variety alexandrite (due to chromium). In rare cases, chrysoberyl is also found in colourless and chemically rath

first published in Facette 21 (February 2014) Vanadium-bearing chrysoberyl of light green to saturated green colour has been known in the trade since the mid-1990s. Originally first described from Tunduru in southern Tanzania (Johnson & Koivula 1996, Pfenniger 2000), similar attractive “mint green” chr

first published in Facette 22 (February 2016) Martin Steinbach, a collector of star stones from Idar-Oberstein (Germany), submitted to the SSEF a zircon with a star effect (asterism), which – to the knowledge of the author – so far had not been described in literature for this gem. The zircon speci

by Dr. M.S. Krzemnicki, first published in Facette 20 (January 2013) After studying and describing colour-changing bastnäsite in the 2012 Facette (Herzog 2011 & Herzog 2012), we have this year focussed research on colour-changing zircon from Burma in collaboration with Mr. O. Waldis, who kindly lent us a