New Mineral Named for Famed Gemologist John Koivula

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New Mineral Named for Famed Gemologist John Koivula

Postby PinkDiamond » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:07 pm

This is great, and I'm so tickled for John! I have his book, the "Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones", which was the most expensive book I own, and I'm delighted to see a new mineral named after him. From AGTA, here's the scoop and what you should know about it. 8-)

New Mineral Named for Famed Gemologist John Koivula
September 18, 2019

Johnkoivulaite, discovered in Myanmar, is a member of the beryl family

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Johnkoivulaite shows strong pleochroism, going violet (left) to near-colorless (right) when examined with polarized light. Field of View:10.05mm. Photomicrographs by Nathan Renfro/GIA.

"CARLSBAD, Calif. – Sept. 17, 2019 – GIA (Gemological Institute of America) researchers, in collaboration with scientists from the California Institute of Technology, recently confirmed a new mineral species, johnkoivulaite, named in honor of the renowned microscopist and GIA researcher John Koivula. The 1.16 ct crystal – accepted by the International Mineralogical Association as a new mineral species – was found in the Mogok Valley of Myanmar by local gemologist Nay Myo. GIA Senior Research Scientist Aaron Palke will present the newly-named mineral at the Geological Society of America (GSA) conference on Sept. 25 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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The new mineral johnkoivulaite is named after renowned gemologist John Koivula, best known for his contributions to inclusion research and photomicrography. Photo by Kevin Schumacher/GIA.

“We are privileged to be able to name this mineral after John Koivula who has contributed so much to science and the gem and jewelry industry as a prominent gemologist and innovator in photomicrography,” said Tom Moses, executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer. “Discoveries such as this remind us of the importance of our mission-based research and of the numerous important contributions John has made in his more than four decades of scientific work.”

Johnkoivulaite has a hexagonal crystal structure that is very similar to beryl and other members of the beryl group, such as pezzottaite. Standard gemological testing gave an RI of 1.608, with a birefringence too small to accurately measure, an SG of 3.01, a hardness of 7½, a conchoidal fracture, vitreous luster, and no reaction to long-wave or short-wave UV. This mineral is especially unique due to ..."

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Re: New Mineral Named for Famed Gemologist John Koivula

Postby rocks2dust » Sat Sep 21, 2019 4:54 am

No, no, no, no - a thousand times NO. Not that I have any problem with a mineral being named after John (that is great news), but does it have to be a BERYL? Just when you think you're zeroing in on completing a collection, they throw us another hard-to-get (and likely super-expensive) new beryl.
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