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The untold story of Douros Synthetic Rubies
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Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:05 pm ]
Post subject:  The untold story of Douros Synthetic Rubies

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The untold story of Douros Synthetic Rubies
Alberto Malossi - Published on IGR Italian Gemological Review #4

In February 1993, Douros synthetic rubies were presented at the Jewelry Fair in Athens along with the jewellery Greek magazine Chrysotechni. They were named after two brothers, John and Angelo, a physicist and an electro technical engineer, specialised in refining precious metals. Using the two furnaces in their company at Piraeus, they experimented with chemical compositions, levels of temperature and times of growth until they created a flux synthetic ruby with a spontaneous nucleation that is now in the history of gemmology; refraction index, density, absorption spectrum, fluorescence and dicroism: all physical properties identical to those evidenced by the natural ruby.

John and Angelo

I met them for the first time in 1996 and our relationship evolved from a purely commercial one to a true friendship. This favoured an exchange of scientific news in the field that we three shared: the immense and unrestrainable passion for synthetic gems...
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