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I am interested in gemstones in general, particularly high brilliance colored gems that are commonly clean and non incuded or silky. Garnets, spinels, kunzites, sphene, etc.,

I am a retired petroleum geologist who has developed a late interest in gemstones and jewelry

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Welcome!

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Welcome!! I have some of the stones you mentioned. Let me know if there are any specifically you are interested in.

Enjoy IGS!

Ken

Welcome! As you may surmise from comments in this Forum gemstones are an interesting and educational hobby, albeit sometimes an expensive one. From my experience I advise getting a polarising microscope which should enable you to discriminate between most of the natural and synthetic gems in the marketplace. Your retired geologist friends may have one for you to use with the technical information now readily available through your membership and also the Net. Happy hobbying!