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In early 2016, attractive bright purple garnets arrived at SSEF in Bangkok, Basel and Hong Kong. Based on client information, they are from a new mine, Padagaga in the Chimoio area in Mozambique, which was discovered recently....

Over the past few years, the SSEF has repeatedly seen gemstones (apart from emeralds) which contained fissures filled with oil or other fillers. These include rubies, sapphires, spinels, tourmalines, garnets and even rarities such as pezzottaite....

In 2016 the first emeralds appeared in the gem trade which reportedly came from new deposits discovered near the town of Shakiso in southern Ethiopia. Soon after, some of these stones partly of high quality were submitted to the SSEF and we were able to...

Emeralds from Afghanistan are well known in the trade for their beauty and size, and are considered a historic source of fine emeralds. Despite the political turmoil of recent decades, these mines have recently produced again a number of gems of outstanding quality and size,...

In October 2017, a team of gemmologists from the SSEF had the privilege to visit some Paraiba tourmaline mines in Brazil to get impressions about mining procedures, sorting, cutting and trading activity in the states of Paraiba and Rio Grande do Norte....

Fancy sapphires found in recent years in Madagascar brought to light colour stability issues. Some of these samples show an unstable colour, shifting from pinkish orange (padparadscha-like) to pink after a fading test are reported. We report on research findings on these stones and explain...