This thematic issue of The Canadian Mineralogist originates from the special session on Gem Materials at the second European Mineralogical Conference, emc2016 “Minerals, fluids and rocks: Alphabet and words of planet Earth,” held in Rimini, Italy, September 11, 2016. The session was well attended by a variety of researchers from various disciplines and nations (http://emc2016.socminpet.it). The poster session, held on September 13th, comprised 8 contributions. The oral session, held on September 15th, included 14 oral presentations covering a range of gem topics. A representative group of presentations from these sessions and invitations to the...

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