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Welcome to The Gemology Project

The Gemology Project is a non-profit gemstone and gem science wiki-style database for anyone interested in gemstones and gemology (gemmology). Every month we highlight a gemstone and a piece of gemstone identification equipment to help us all understand more about the wonderful world of colored stones and diamonds. The Project begins with a general tutorial as an Introduction to Gemology.

We invite every gemologist, gemstone dealer or gem enthusiast to share their practical and theoretical gemological knowledge and help this central gemology repository grow.
You can simply click on the "submission" links at the top and bottom of each page and your information will be included as soon as possible.

You can navigate through the site with the aid of our Contents page

Latest Contributions

The Bruce Fry Tourmaline Collection

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In Memoriam: Alain van Acker

Alain van Acker was a great mind, an excellent teacher and a true friend. His accomplishments are immortal. This site being a solid memory of him and his work. The information provided on this site is an unique opportunity for you to learn more about gemstones.

On Alain's behalf: "Enjoy the ride!"

Book tips

<center>Gemstones of the World by Walter Schumann</center>

Gemstones of the World is truly the single volume that every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker, and rockhound needs: it’s the cornerstone of the field. And this updated edition contains a host of new findings on “Gemstones for Collectors,” additional gems in the “Table of Constants,” and the “double fraction” figures that experts have long wanted—a very special new feature.

All the gemstones are treated in their many variations: more than 1,500 full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in both its rough, natural, and its polished and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on the gemstone’s formation, structure, physical properties, and characteristics, along with the best methods of working, cutting, and polishing it. There are even full treatments of lesser-known gems, from andalusite to vesuvian, and a special section is devoted to rocks as precious stones, including alabaster, onyx, obsidian, and fossils. Organic gem materials are also covered, such as coral, ivory, amber, and pearl. Charts and tables help collectors identify unknown gemstones and check for genuineness.
Gemstones of the World, by Walter Schumann

Featured Presentation:
Amber "A Short Series of Films"

The International Amber Association
has produced three short films on Amber which are extremely informative.
The first is a presentation on the history, lore and legend surrounding amber. Each additional video gives a more in depth glimpse into the fascinating topic.
The capability of directly showing YouTube Videos through the site opens up tremendous possibilities for the sharing of knowledge and topics. You are all invited to add your own videos to appropriate topics on the Gemology Project.
To view the series of Films on Amber,
CLICK here
and scroll to the bottom of the page

Please also read the disclaimer, FAQ and help pages.