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Sunday, June 28, 2009

STOLEN!!!! Rare Gems & Minerals!


Bill Heher of Rare Earth Mining recently posted the following:

    A portion of Rare Earth Mining Co.'s unusual and highly recognizable inventory was stolen in a smash and grab theft in Pennsylvania. The thieves gained access to the vehicle by smashing the right rear glass panel window. Suspects have been arrested in the case trying to cash checks made out to the company. The stones have     yet to be recovered. "This inventory is highly identifiable", said Bill Heher, owner of the company."       Jewelers, designers, and collectors will recognize the items if offered for sale." A significant reward for recovery of all or part of the merchandise is available to persons supplying the correct information. Contact Officer Durilla with the Pennsylvania State Police at 610-395-1438. A portion of the inventory follows. 
  • Azurite Malachite matched pairs
  • Single large Azurite /Malachite (Large green eyes in blue field freeform)
  • Insects in Amber Collection
  • Star Rose Quartz Cabochons (deep pink fine stars)
  • Pyrite in Quartz oval (water clear quartz w/ pyrite cube)
  • 12ct Cuprian Tourmaline Trillion
  • 29ct Imperial Topaz pear shape
  • Drusy Chrysocolla cabs
  • Gem Chrysocolla Cabs
  • Assorted orange fire opal faceted stones
  • 10.12ct Intense yellow Sapphire cushion
  • Magnetite jade slabs plated with gold
  • Super gem Rhodocrosite cabs
  • Matched amethyst stalactites
  • A large Green petrified wood branch specimen (forearm size)
More info:
    Bill at Rare Earth 203-545-1351
    Rare Earth Mining Company

American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) Modifies Its Disclosure Wording On Heated Rubies...

AGL is modifying its disclosure terminology used for heated rubies, by exchanging the term “Inorganic (fluxtype)” with “Heating residues”. As well as including the statement “Heating residues are deposited along healed fractures during the heating process.” as an additional description under their comments section of all grading reports.

A contentious topic for more than a decade is the manner or description in which the healing of fissures during the heating process of rubies are handled.. As part of the heating process for rubies, it is common practice to coat the stones in a variety of fluxing agents. As the temperature increases, these fluxing agents melt, partially dissolve the ruby’s surface and facilitate in the healing of fissures, effectively sealing and reducing the appearance of the fissures and improving the general durability of the stone. AGL has traditionally used the following terminology to describe this enhancement: “Clarity: Inorganic (fluxtype)”, with additional terminology that addressed the relative quantity of material that remained (e.g. faint, moderate, etc.).

In actuality, the use of fluxing agents during the heating process results in a combination of features or materials being deposited and remaining along the newly healed fissures. The previously open fissures are replaced by planes consisting of regrown ruby (synthetic), solidified vitreous melt (glass) and voids (empty bubbles). The relative amount of these three parts depends on many factors. To better try and communicate the multiple and complex nature of these remaining biproducts, many labs around the world starting using the term “heating residues” with terms describing the relative quantity (such as: minor residues in fissures).

Prior to heating rubies are coated with fluxing agents.

As temperatures rise during the heating process these fluxing agents melt and enter surface reaching fissures.

As the ruby cools at the end of the heating process, tiny amounts of ruby (corundum) is regrown healing and bonding the fissures. Also remaining confined to the newly healed fissures are solid vitreous melts and tiny voids.

Roughly over the past 10 years, multiple labs have been using the term “heating residues” to describe this combination of regrown ruby, glass and empty bubbles along the healed fissures. As a result, the industry and users of these reports have come to understand the intended meaning of this term and the relative quantification that accompanies it. Meanwhile, the AGL’s use of the term “Clarity enhancement: Inorganic (fluxtype)” has not provided any greater clarity of this issue or understanding to wholesalers, retailers and consumers.

As a result, effective immediately AGL is modifying its disclosure terminology used for heated rubies, by exchanging the term “Inorganic (fluxtype)” with “Heating residues”. As well as including an additional description under the comments section of all Prestige and FastTrack reports, stating: “Heating residues are deposited along healed fractures during the heating process.”

AGL is committed to providing high quality reporting.

Christopher P. Smith, President American Gemological Laboratories LLC

Christopher P. Smith

American Gemological Laboratories

Tel. (212) 704-0727


My thanks to Howard Pomerantz for forwarding this info to the Daily Jewel!


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