Lab Update Says Beryllium Sapphires No Accident

Adolf Peretti of Bangkok's GRS gem identification laboratory says his lab has tested several blue sapphires that showed traces of beryllium. GRS is one of several laboratories worldwide that have found undisclosed beryllium in blue sapphires and rubies. For those who believe beryllium treatment is found only in pink-orange and yellow sapphires, it's time to question every piece of corundum you own. According to a recent lab update reported by the American Gem Trade Association's Gem Testing Center, gem trade labs will now be looking at all corundum—blue sapphires, rubies, and all other colors—for possible beryllium treatment. GIA's gem identification laboratory has said that beryllium can enter blue sapphire only by deliberate effort (probably to lighten the color of overly dark blue sapphires) or through accidental contamination from treatment in furnaces previously used for ber
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