Special Issue "Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Ruby and Allied Assemblages"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Frederick Lin Sutherland

Senior Fellow, Geoscience, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia
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Interests: Gem minerals,: igneous petrology; volcanism; Australian geology; West Pacific tectonics; mineral collections; mass extinctions; coastal geomorphology; geo-education
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Khin Zaw

University of Tasmania, Geology Building, Clark Rd, Private Bag 79, Hobart TAS 7001
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Interests: genetic aspects of mineral deposits; Gemstones of Myanmar; Ore genesis in Australasia, SE Asia and Canada

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ruby, red corundum, is a gem mineral with mineral properties, gem characteristics and chemistry that are reliant on critical trace element substitutions in its aluminum oxide crystal structure. Ruby has attracted scientific and economic interest. It has already been studied extensively regarding its widespread global distribution and the diversity of its geological associations, as revealed by exploration and exploitation. Researchers are becoming increasingly aware that geographic typing of ruby characteristics and its host assemblages may guide further exploration and provide checks on reputed sources of both rough and cut stones. Genetic pointers, based on fluid and solid mineral inclusions, oxygen and other isotope values and pressure and temperature estimates, have already yielded much genetic information. Rare ruby in mantle xenoliths, TP ~1100o C, 2GPa, epitaxial diamond in ruby and ruby in diamond have special interest. Amid the present extensive documentation on this singular gem mineral, new insights and co-existing associations remain to be discovered. Although ruby largely appears in metamorphic and metasomatic source rocks, newer studies suggest it may also arise from magmatic sources. Age-dating of a range of mineral inclusions in ruby now allows more precise modelling of ruby genesis. Tectonic aspects of ruby genesis related to early collisional plate events on Earth are also a frontier for further understanding. In addition, ruby growth remains an important phase in metamorphic studies of events in some young collisional zones. This Special Issue planned for Minerals aims to attract further studies on this multi-origin gem mineral. Investigations at the ‘economic border’ of ruby and sapphire nomenclature and relevant treatments affecting ruby color will be considered.

Dr. Frederick Lin Sutherland
Prof. Dr. Khin Zaw
Guest Editors

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  • gem corundum
  • ruby research
  • trace elements
  • spectroscopy
  • O isotopes
  • inclusions;
  • P-T genesis
  • metamorphic reactions
  • gem deposits
  • geographic typing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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