Diamonds and colored gems are often considered to exist in totally different reigns of the gems and jewelry industry. It may happen because they are extracted and brought to the market in different ways.
Diamonds are mainly extracted by large scale industry operations, while colored gems, such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds, are normally produced in small scale operations. The quality is also assessed differently. However, both diamonds and colored gems have helped scientists to discover the Earth geology.
Tune in while the GIA research scientist, Dr. Karen Smit, and the GIA senior research manager, Dr. Aaron Palke, reveal why these pieces of jewelry have more things in common than you can imagine.
Dr. Karen V Smith has taken her Ph.D. in geology in the Alberta University. Nowadays, she is a research scientist in GIA New York, where her work consists in Diamonds and mantle geochemistry.
Dr. Aaron Palke is the research senior manager of GIA. His research consists in the inclusion usage, the chemistry of the trace elements and spectroscopy to understand the gems geological origin.
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