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Minerals 2019, 9(2), 91;

Fingerprinting Paranesti Rubies through Oxygen Isotopes

PANGEA Research Centre, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of NSW, 2052 Sydney, Australia
Centre for Microscopy Characterisation and Analysis, The University of Western Australia, 6009 Perth, Australia
Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 157 84 Athens, Greece
Université de Lorraine, IRD and CRPG UMR 7358 CNRS-UL, BP 20, 15 rue Notre-Dame-des-Pauvres, 54501 Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, France
Isotope Geosciences Unit, S.U.E.R.C., Rankine Avenue, East Kilbride, Glasgow G75 0QF, UK
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Received: 1 December 2018 / Revised: 23 January 2019 / Accepted: 30 January 2019 / Published: 3 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Gems)
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In 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
Keywords: rubies; corundum; in-situ oxygen isotopes; Paranesti Greece; Nestos Shear Zone; Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) rubies; corundum; in-situ oxygen isotopes; Paranesti Greece; Nestos Shear Zone; Secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS)

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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.

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