The Journal of Gemmology

The Journal of Gemmology has been the official journal of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain since the company was incorporated in 1947. Originally printed in black-and-white with a grey cover, the 1947 journal looked very different from the full-colour publication produced today. A leader in its field, The Journal of Gemmology publishes research papers on all aspects of gemmology, including natural stones and their treatments, synthetics and simulated gemstones. You can subscribe to the journal by applying for membership or through institutional subscriptions (for laboratories, libraries, museums and similar institutions).

Changes to The Journal

In 2014, the Journal was updated with the following:

  • Quarterly format, both in print and online
  • Broader content with exciting new sections
  • New editorship
  • Expanded review board
  • Fresh and updated design
  • Published in collaboration with Swiss Gemmological Institute SSEF and the support of the American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) and the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT).

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Current articles and recent issues

View abstracts of articles published in The Journal from 2008 to date.

For earlier volumes of The Journal click here

Download or view a sample copy of The Journal, Volume 34, Issue 1.

It is important for all those with an interest in gemmology to have access to a collection of reference literature on the subject. View details of back issues available for purchase.


To view the cumulative index for Volumes 1–34 (1947–2015), click here.

Abstracting and Indexing Databases

The Journal of Gemmology is covered (or has been accepted for coverage) by the following abstracting and indexing services:

  • Australian Research Council academic journal listESCI button
  • British Library Document Supply Service
  • Chemical Abstracts (CA Plus)
  • Copyright Clearance Center's RightFind application 
  • CrossRef
  • EBSCO Academic Search International database
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • EBSCO TOC Premier
  • Gale/Cengage Learning Academic OneFile
  • GeoRef
  • Mineralogical Abstracts
  • ProQuest
  • Scopus
  • Thomson Reuters' Emerging Sources Citation Index (in the Web of Science Core Collection) 

Submitting articles

The Editor-in-Chief is glad to consider original articles shedding new light on subjects of gemmological interest for publication in The Journal. If you would like to submit an article for consideration please refer to the notes on the preparation of manuscripts.

Requests to use images previously published in The Journal should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief. Be sure to give the title and author(s) of the article, year of publication, volume/issue numbers and page number of the image(s) in question. Please state how and where the image would be used. Requests by authors to reprint/repost their articles elsewhere should also be directed to the Editor-in-Chief.

For any questions or submissions, please contact: 

Brendan M. Laurs  MS FGA GG
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Gemmology

1106 2nd St., #317
Encinitas, CA 92024 USA

Cell: 1-760-207-4028

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