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 Post subject: Olivier introduces himself
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:22 am 
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Hello,

I am Olivier, a new user from Russia (although I was born and raised in Belgium) and my interest for gems appeared through unexpected ways: I'm a long time collector of military uniforms and medals, and have always had a certain interest for physics. And when I started noticing that some high rank medals are decorated with gems, I started reading about where they'd find them (did you know that the Order of Victory, that was given to the highest Soviet generals of WW2, is incrusted with artificial rubies as they couldn't find natural ones with identical colors quickly enough?), how they were formed and refined, and here I am now.
But I should have awaited it, as some of my favorite things as a kid were a couple purple blocks of quartz I found at my grandmother's house that were amethysts for my 7 year old self, and as I liked to gather shiny rocks in the mountains... :lol:

Have a nice day!


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Welcome Olivier.
Please feel free to join into our conversations and make yourself at home.


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Thank you! I've already taken a look around the forum, each of these threads is a gem of knowledge by itself!


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