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Johnkoivulaite is a 1.16-carat crystal named after GIA researcher John Koivula
Johnkoivulaite gemstone gia
Credit: GIA

A new mineral species has been named after GIA researcher John Koivula, a professional with “more than 40 years of industry experience in research and photomicrography”, according to the GIA (the Gemological Institute of America).


GIA New York
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The new mineral, Johnkoivulaite, is a 1.16-carat crystal that has been accepted by the International Mineralogical Association as a new mineral species. It was found in the Mogok Valley of Myanmar by local gemologist Nay Myo. According to the GIA, “Johnkoivulaite has a hexagonal crystal structure that is very similar to beryl and other members of the beryl group”. A specimen of the new mineral can be found in the GIA museum collection in Carlsbad, California.


Diamond grading at a GIA laboratory
Credit: Valerie Power, GIA


Tom Moses, executive vice president and chief laboratory and research officer at the GIA, said: “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. 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”.

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