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New mineral discovered in Israeli gemstones

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A new mineral- named Carmeltazite, after Mount Carmel in northern Israel- has been discovered by Shefa Yamim, a precious stone exploration company. The new mineral, which is found in the company’s Carmel Sapphire gemstones, has been recognised and approved as a new mineral by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification.
The Carmel Sapphire gemstone contains a newly discovered mineral - Carmeltazite.
(Image via Shefa Yamim).

According to an article published recently in the journal Minerals, the new mineral contains a mix of titanium, aluminium and zirconium. 

The fact that the new mineral can be found in Shefa Yamim’s Carmel Sapphire gemstone, has been welcomed by the company’s chief executive Avi Taub:

“We are delighted that our Carmel Sapphire has been recognised as host to many rare minerals. In today’s world where the prices of gems are determined primarily by their rarity, the Carmel Sapphire is a unique discovery because it has not been found anywhere else in the world. We believe this substantially increases the potential value of our “Gem Box” of precious stones”.

Shefa Yamim continues to explore Mount Carmel, and a bulk sampling programme conducted recently at the site reportedly found diamonds, sapphires and rubies.

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