Fingerprinting Paranesti Rubies through Oxygen Isotopes
AbstractIn this study, the oxygen isotope (δ18O) composition of pink to red gem-quality rubies from Paranesti, Greece was investigated using in-situ secondary ionization mass spectrometry (SIMS) and laser-fluorination techniques. Paranesti rubies have a narrow range of δ18O values between ~0 and +1‰ and represent one of only a few cases worldwide where δ18O signatures can be used to distinguish them from other localities. SIMS analyses from this study and previous work by the authors suggests that the rubies formed under metamorphic/metasomatic conditions involving deeply penetrating meteoric waters along major crustal structures associated with the Nestos Shear Zone. SIMS analyses also revealed slight variations in δ18O composition for two outcrops located just ~500 m apart: PAR-1 with a mean value of 1.0‰ ± 0.42‰ and PAR-5 with a mean value of 0.14‰ ± 0.24‰. This work adds to the growing use of in-situ methods to determine the origin of gem-quality corundum and re-confirms its usefulness in geographic “fingerprinting”. View Full-Text
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Wang, K.K.; Graham, I.T.; Martin, L.; Voudouris, P.; Giuliani, G.; Lay, A.; Harris, S.J.; Fallick, A. Fingerprinting Paranesti Rubies through Oxygen Isotopes. Minerals 2019, 9, 91.
Wang KK, Graham IT, Martin L, Voudouris P, Giuliani G, Lay A, Harris SJ, Fallick A. Fingerprinting Paranesti Rubies through Oxygen Isotopes. Minerals. 2019; 9(2):91.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wang, Kandy K.; Graham, Ian T.; Martin, Laure; Voudouris, Panagiotis; Giuliani, Gaston; Lay, Angela; Harris, Stephen J.; Fallick, Anthony. 2019. "Fingerprinting Paranesti Rubies through Oxygen Isotopes." Minerals 9, no. 2: 91.
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