Heated vs. Unheated Gems

Knowing the ins and outs of gemstones doesn’t stop with knowing a ruby from a sapphire, or an amethyst from an aquamarine. If you’re looking for gemstone jewelry, you’ve probably been introduced to the idea that many different kinds of gemstones are treated to enhance their appearance prior to being sold. The reality is that only a very small percentage of well-known gemstones are considered “gem quality” without some form of treatment. One of the most common types is heat treatment, used to enhance already existing color, reduce inclusions, or produce a desirable color. So what does this mean for a jewelry buyer?

While the exact method of heat treatment can vary according to the type of gemstone being treated, in general the process subjects a gemstone to high heat over a period of time. In a sense, this is just an extension of the natural processes that produce gemstones in nature, because high heat is often involved in producing the exact hue of particular stones. Stones have been heat treated for centuries, and under normal conditions, the enhancements produced by heat treatment are considered permanent and durable. The effects of heat treatment may, in some cases, be evident to a trained gemologist closely examining a stone under magnification, but they will not be obvious to a casual observer.

Heat treatment is commonly used on a wide variety of gemstones. In fact, for many types of stones, it is safer to assume that they have been heat treated unless the seller and the gemological report for the piece you are considering tell you otherwise. Stones that are routinely heat treated include sapphire, ruby, tanzanite, tourmaline, amethyst, citrine, aquamarine, topaz, zircon, and morganite.

Whether or not such treatment is of concern to a buyer depends on that buyer’s personal preference and on how the stone is represented by the seller. A tanzanite that has been heat-treated to produce a more saturated violet-blue color is still a tanzanite, and still quite valuable, but less so than one that was never heat-treated. Some collectors prefer only untreated stones, willing to pay the premium prices such stones command and to accept that completely natural untreated stones may only be found in smaller sizes or with visible inclusions. Other buyers appreciate that heat treatment produces attractive gems at more affordable prices, putting them within reach of a wider audience.

As long as sellers disclose the true state of the gems they are selling, and buyers are fully informed about what they are getting, heat treatment and other forms of gemstone enhancement are an accepted part of the jewelry trade. This is why it is important to only work with scrupulous dealers, so that you can trust a stone they present as untreated is the real deal.

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Spotlight on February’s Birthstone: Amethyst

Amethyst is the classic purple gem, a stone with a long history that starts with its prized status since ancient times. Associated with both royalty and with religious uses in both Eastern and Western faiths, amethyst was quite rare and therefore quite expensive until the 18th century, when it cost as much as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. Then the discovery of massive deposits of amethysts in Brazil brought the price down dramatically. For those with February birthdays, this means that owning a beautiful example of their birthstone is an affordable proposition.

Spotlight on February's Birthstone Amethyst

Amethyst’s use in many cultures has given rise to extensive legends and lore. In fact, its name comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” which means not drunk, referring to the ancient Greek belief that the stone would protect its wearer from becoming intoxicated. Amethysts also became associated with royalty due to their hue—purple cloth was once outrageously expensive to produce, due to the scarcity of the dye-producing materials for that color, and so was worn only by royalty, who were the only ones who could afford it. Thus purple amethyst became associated with royalty as well, and can still be found in the crown jewel collections of many royal families today.

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Even though it is now more readily available than in antiquity, amethyst is still the most prized variety of quartz gem. With a Mohs hardness of 7, it is a relatively scratch-resistant stone suitable for use in all kinds of jewelry. Amethyst is found in South America, North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

The single greatest factor in determining the value of an amethyst is its color. Amethyst frequently displays color zoning, which means that areas of a single stone may display different intensity of color. A stone with noticeable color zoning will be less valuable than a stone with consistent color throughout. Also, a stone with a strong purple or reddish-purple hue will be more valuable than a lighter-hued stone, as long as the color is not too dark. Exceptionally dark amethysts can lose some of their brightness, and even appear black in low light.

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Faceted amethysts can almost always be found without eye-visible inclusions; such inclusions tend to reduce the value of the stone, unless the color is exceptionally superior. Amethysts with good color but which have many inclusions are usually cut as cabochons or beads. Amethysts are routinely cut into calibrated sizes and into all kinds of standard shapes. Its price does not rise dramatically as its carat size increases, which makes it a popular choice for a piece of jewelry with a large center stone.

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What is Morganite?

Discovered in 1910, morganite is a relatively new addition to the ranks of precious gems you’re likely to find offered at a jewelry store. Like other recently discovered stones, morganite’s qualities are less well known than that of popular gems like opals, rubies, or topaz. However, it is only a matter of time before morganite’s reputation as a lovely and durable stone grows.

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Morganite is a rare pink variety of the mineral beryl, the same mineral as emerald and aquamarine. It was originally called “pink beryl,” but George F. Kunz, a gemologist and buyer for Tiffany & Co., renamed it “morganite” in 1911 in honor of J. Pierpont Morgan, the famous American banker, who was also a noted gemstone collector. Today the principal source of morganite is Brazil, although deposits have also been found in Afghanistan, China, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia, Zimbabwe, California, and Maine. Some of the finest morganite comes from Madagascar, one of the first places it was discovered.

Morganite is distinguished by its color, which can range from pale pink to light salmon. Gemologists believe that its color comes from trace amounts of cesium or manganese in its makeup. Most morganites are very pale; the strongest colors are exhibited in larger stones. The stone has a 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness, like other beryls, which makes it durable enough to use in all kinds of jewelry. (There’s even a growing trend to use a morganite center stone in engagement rings as an alternative to diamonds, although if you are particularly hard on your hands you may want to consider if it is tough enough for daily wear.)

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Unlike emerald, morganite tends to have few eye-visible inclusions. Morganite crystals can also grow quite large, which makes it is easier to cut large faceted stones. The pink and rose varieties of morganite have tended to be more popular than those with a more salmon or peach tint. Morganites may be heat-treated to reduce any orange or yellow tinge. This treatment is undetectable and permanent, resulting in a stable color that will not fade.

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When you are judging a morganite for quality, color is the most important factor. Larger sizes tend to show deeper color, and thus are likely to be more valuable than smaller, paler stones. Morganite displays pleochroism, meaning that the shade can vary depending on the angle from which it is viewed, so it is important that the cut of the stone be oriented correctly to enhance the brilliance and hue. The presence of large or numerous inclusions can reduce morganite’s value; morganites with many inclusions may be cut as cabochons or carved into fancy designer cuts.

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Spotlight on January’s Birthstone: Garnet

The stone we know as garnet, January’s birthstone, is not a single mineral, but a set of closely related silicate minerals with slight variations in chemical composition and trace elements. Prized since antiquity, garnets have been found in Egyptian tombs and Roman archeological sites. While red garnets are the most well-known type of this gemstone, garnets can also be found in other colors, such as green and orange. This gives those who have January birthdays some intriguing options for birthstone jewelry.

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Because there is so much variation in the chemical composition of garnets, they are divided into categories called species. Of the twenty species of garnet, only a handful are used as gemstones—almandine, andradite, grossular, pyrope, rhodolite, and spessartine. A species may be further broken down into varieties, based on color. For example, green tsavorite is a variety of grossular, and rhodolite is a purplish variety of pyrope-andradite. With a Mohs hardness of 6.5 to 7.5, garnet is sturdy enough for use in most jewelry, with the exception of rings that will be worn on a daily basis.

The value of a garnet depends on the usual four factors that influence any transparent gemstone’s worth—color, clarity, cut, and carats—but how each of those factors comes into play can vary with the type of garnet in question. In general, the more vibrant and saturated the hue of a garnet, the more it is worth. However, a superior example of a rare hue will bring a much higher price than a more widely available color such as traditional red.

Expectations of clarity in a garnet vary by the species. Red garnets can be readily found without eye-visible inclusions. However, some orange types of garnets are usually found with eye-visible inclusions, which means that having such inclusions will not dramatically affect their price. One variety of green garnet, known as demantoid, is sometimes found with hair-like inclusions called horsetails, which are actually considered to increase its value.

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The influence of cut and carat weight on a garnet’s value is also affected by a garnet’s species. Garnets are often cut into standard shapes and sizes for setting into jewelry, although the rarer types will usually be cut according to the shape and cutting style that allow more of the stone’s weight to be retained, or which will best display the characteristics of its variety. Whatever the cut, it should enhance the stone’s brilliance. Some varieties like demantoid and tsavorite are usually found only in smaller sizes, which means that their value goes up dramatically as their size increases. However, most garnets are widely available in larger carat sizes, so the per-carat cost does not go up as much for bigger stones.

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Spotlight on December’s Birthstones: Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise

For those lucky enough to be born in this festive month, December has three birthstone options to choose from: tanzanite, zircon, and turquoise. They are all known for their beautiful blue shades, and they are all relatively affordable, but each has distinctive features that make it unique. Here’s what you need to know to decide which is the best fit for you.

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Tanzanite: Discovered in 1967, this rare variety of the mineral zoisite is found in only one spot in the world, near Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is prized not only for its rich blue hue, which rivals that of sapphire, but for its pleochroism, which means the stone can display different colors when viewed at different angles. This gem has a Mohs hardness of 6.5 to 7, which makes it most suitable for use in earrings or necklaces, or in rings worn for special occasions. When you’re purchasing, look for stones with a deeply saturated hue, as color is the most important factor in determining tanzanite’s value. Due to the extremely limited source for this gemstone, experts expect its price to rise in the years to come.

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Zircon: Zircon is the oldest mineral on earth, at more than 4.4 million years old. While the blue variety of this stone is the most popular with collectors, accounting for about 80 percent of the zircon sold, it comes in a variety of shades that are used as gems. This gemstone has high luster and double refraction, which gives it a pronounced fire—it is often cut in the brilliant style to enhance this effect. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that zircon could ward away evil spirits and bring prosperity to its owner. Blue zircon was also particularly popular in Victorian times. Zircon is a 7.5 on the Mohs scale, but it is somewhat brittle, so it can be prone to chipping. As with other types of transparent gems, the most valuable zircons have deep color and no eye-visible inclusions.

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Turquoise: Turquoise has been prized throughout history in both the Old World and the New, from Egypt and Persia to the pre-Columbian Americas. This opaque mineral, which ranges from sky-blue to green in color, is a compound of hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. Its relative softness on the Mohs scale (5 to 6) has made it an attractive material for carving as well as for jewelry. Turquoise usually forms within a host rock, limonite or sandstone, which may create markings called matrix within the stone. Turquoise can also vary in porosity and texture depending on the exact conditions of its formation. Turquoise that is dense, finely textured, and has no inclusions of host rock will command a higher price than a coarser stone or one with significant matrix. A bright, even, robin’s egg blue is considered the most valuable color for this stone. Turquoise is vulnerable to chemicals and high heat, so it should be worn with extra care.

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Spotlight on November’s birthstone: Topaz and Citrine

November is another month that has more than one birthstone to choose from: topaz and citrine. In the time before modern gemological analysis made it possible to distinguish between similarly colored gemstones, these golden stones were frequently mistaken for one another. While each is a beautiful and affordable addition to your jewelry collection, there are differences worth noting before you make a choice.

Spotlight on November's Birthstone: Topaz and Citrine

Topaz has been used as a gemstone since the classical era. Its name is thought to derive either from the word Topazios, the ancient Greek name for the island Zabargad, or the Sanskrit word “topas,” for “heat” or “fire.” Topaz is a silicate mineral with a Mohs hardness of 8 (the hardest of any silicon-based mineral), which makes it suitable for use in any type of jewelry. It is also pleochroic, which means it displays different colors in different crystal directions.

While topaz in its natural state is golden-brown to yellow, it can take on a variety of different colors (such as red, pale green, pink, or blue) from impurities or heat or radiation treatments. Blue topaz is a popular alternative to sapphires, due to its relatively affordable price. Topaz gemstones are usually free of visible inclusions or flaws, and they are often found in emerald or oval cuts that take advantage of the naturally elongated crystal shape of the mineral. The most important factor in a topaz’s value is its color. Highly saturated color is more prized, and the rarer the hue, the more valuable the stone.

Citrine, a pale yellow to brownish orange mineral, has been used as a gemstone since 300 B.C. It is a variety of quartz that gets its color from trace amounts of iron. Its Mohs hardness of 7 makes it durable enough to use in most types of jewelry, even rings. It was particularly popular in Victorian times and in the Art Deco period. Its name comes from the French word “citron,” which means “lemon.”

The color of citrine ranges from a pale yellow to a brownish orange. Natural citrines—i.e., those that have not been treated in any way to change or enhance their hue—are becoming rare. Many citrines on the market are heat-treated amethysts (another gemstone form of quartz). This treatment is common, permanent, and stable.

Like topaz, citrine is widely available without any eye-visible inclusions—any such flaws would reduce the value of a stone significantly. Color is key to a citrine’s value, with the finest stones exhibiting a rich saturated yellow to reddish-orange color free of brown tones. Even larger stones tend not to be marked up significantly on a per-carat basis, making them a good choice for bold jewelry designs.

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Modern Ideas for Traditional Anniversary Gifts

Anniversaries are an annual celebration of a marriage, a reminder of all that a couple has shared as well as of their hopes for their future together. It’s no wonder that numerous traditions have arisen to suggest gifts you can give your spouse on these significant milestones. Although certain traditions, such as the twenty-fifth anniversary being associated with silver, date back to Roman times, the first formal anniversary gift guide was published in Emily Post’s book Etiquette in 1922. Since then, many of the original suggestions have been updated with modern counterparts. Corresponding lists of gemstones and colors have also been added for each anniversary, offering even more inspiration for a thoughtful husband or wife looking for the perfect present. If you’re stumped, the list below can give you a jumping-off point to start your search.

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1st: Traditional: Paper; Modern: Clocks; Gemstone: Gold; Color: Yellow

2nd: Traditional: Cotton; Modern: China; Gemstone: Garnet; Color: Red

3rd: Traditional: Leather; Modern: Crystal/glass; Gemstone: Pearls; Color: White

4th: Traditional: Fruit/flowers; Modern: Appliances; Gemstone: Blue topaz; Color: Green

5th: Traditional: Wood; Modern: Silverware; Gemstone: Sapphire; Color: Turquoise

6th: Traditional: Iron/Candy; Modern: Wood; Gemstone: Amethyst; Color: Purple

7th: Traditional: Wool/Copper; Modern: Desk Set; Gemstone: Onyx; Color: Off White

8th: Traditional: Bronze; Modern: Linens/lace; Gemstone: Tourmaline; Color: Bronze

9th: Traditional: Pottery; Modern: Leather; Gemstone: Lapis lazuli; Color: Terra cotta

10th: Traditional: Tin/aluminum; Modern: Diamond jewelry; Gemstone: Diamond; Color: Silver

11th: Traditional: Steel; Modern: Fashion jewelry; Gemstone: Turquoise; Color: Turquoise

12th: Traditional: Silk; Modern: Pearls; Gemstone: Jade; Color: Oyster white

13th: Traditional: Lace; Modern: Textiles; Gemstone: Citrine; Color: White

14th: Traditional: Ivory; Modern: Gold jewelry; Gemstone: Opal; Color: Ivory

15th: Traditional: Crystal; Modern: Watches; Gemstone: Ruby; Color: Ruby red

20th: Traditional: China; Modern: Platinum; Gemstone: Emerald; Color: Emerald green

25th: Traditional: Silver; Modern: Silver; Gemstone: Silver; Color: Silver

30th: Traditional: Pearl; Modern: Diamond; Gemstone: Pearl; Color: Green

35th: Traditional: Coral; Modern: Jade; Gemstone: Emerald; Color: Coral

40th: Traditional: Ruby; Modern: Ruby; Gemstone: Ruby; Color: Ruby red

45th: Traditional: Sapphire; Modern: Sapphire; Gemstone: Sapphire; Color: Blue

50th: Traditional: Gold; Modern: Gold; Gemstone: Gold; Color: Gold

55th: Traditional: Emerald; Modern: Emerald; Gemstone: Alexandrite; Color: Emerald green

60th: Traditional: Diamond; Modern: Diamond; Gemstone: Diamond; Color: White

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Spotlight on October’s Birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline

People with October birthdays have the gift of choice when it comes to their birthstone. This month is traditionally associated with two birthstones: opal and tourmaline. Unlike some other gemstones, both of these minerals present a range of colors and features that make can make one stone quite different from another.

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Opal is a gemstone-quality variety of silica that is prized for its play-of-color, the flashes of colors you see when you turn an opal back and forth under white light. This phenomenon is caused by the refraction of light between the different layers of silica spheres that make up the stone. Given that opal can have a base color from white to black and play-of-color in literally any color of the rainbow, it is no exaggeration to say that no opal is exactly like the next. These stones are associated with good luck in many cultures, and have been prized since ancient Roman times.

Opal is a relatively soft stone, with a hardness of only 5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale, so you’ll want to treat this gem with care and avoid exposing it to high temperatures, abrasion, or chemicals. The value of an individual opal, while it can be affected by considerations like size and clarity, is really based on a subjective judgment of the colors and patterns in that particular stone, and how well its cut displays them. Stones with less common play-of-color hues, such as reds, or bolder patterns featuring bright strokes of color are valued more highly than those with common colors and less vivid displays.

Tourmaline is the name given to a variety of boron silicate minerals that can be found in a rainbow of colors, depending on the amount and type of trace minerals found in the crystal structure. While it can occur in all colors, you’re most likely to find gems in pink, red, blue, green, or multicolored—yes, a single tourmaline can display multiple colors, depending on the conditions of its formation! With a Mohs hardness of 7 to 7.5, tourmaline is a relatively durable stone that is suitable for use in all types of jewelry.

Before the advent of modern gemological analysis, tourmaline was often mistaken for other gemstones, based on color. The different varieties of tourmaline may be referred to by names based on their color, such as rubellite for red or indicolite for blue. The color of a tourmaline is the most important factor in judging the quality of a tourmaline—unusual or highly saturated colors will command a higher price than more common or lighter types. For example, rare paraiba tourmalines, first discovered in Brazil in the 1980s, display a vivid blue-green, and are highly sought after.

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Spotlight on September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

When you’re thinking of blue gemstones, sapphire, September’s birthstone, is the one that is most likely to leap to mind first. And no wonder. Not only has it been used as a precious stone for thousands of years, but it is also second only to diamonds in hardness, which makes it extremely durable.

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Sapphire is a form of the mineral corundum, which is made up of aluminum and oxygen atoms. In its pure form, corundum is clear—in fact, these white sapphires are often used as accent stones in jewelry. Trace amounts of iron and titanium give sapphires their classic hue, which can range from violet blue to greenish blue. Natural sapphires also come in other shades, such as yellow, purple, orange, and green, depending on the trace elements influencing their color.

With a nine on the Mohs scale of hardness, sapphire is suitable for any kind of jewelry, including rings that are worn daily. One of the most famous modern sapphire rings, which has a twelve-carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds, is Princess Diana’s engagement ring, given to her in 1981 by Prince Charles, which Prince William later used when he proposed to Kate Middleton. Sapphires are so tough that synthetic sapphires are used in many industrial applications, such as wristwatch crystals and shatter-resistant windows.

The name “sapphire” comes from the Latin word “sapphirus” and the Greek word “sappheiros,” which both mean “blue.” As you would expect of a stone with such a long history in diverse cultures, sapphire carries many folklore associations. It is believed to bring good fortune and protection from harm, and to promote wisdom and serenity.

The value of individual sapphires is judged on color, clarity, cut, and carats. Color is the most important factor: the purer the blue and the more intense the color, the more valuable the stone. It is not unusual for a sapphire to be heated to intensify its color; sapphires that are unheated, however, will generally be valued higher. The most valuable stones can be more expensive than diamonds on a per-carat basis.

Natural sapphires tend to have some inclusions, but fewer than rubies (another form of corundum). Some sapphires, known as “star sapphires,” exhibit asterism, where needle-like inclusions of rutile (titanium dioxide) throughout the stone reflect light to create the appearance of a luminous star. These are typically cut as cabochons to show off the effect. The cut of a sapphire, star or not, should be chosen to maximize the size of the stone while maintaining good proportions and showing off the best possible color.

Sapphires are found all around the world, in Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, and North America. While stones from Kashmir, Sri Lanka, are legendary for their pure blue color, high-quality sapphires can be found from any region.

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Spotlight on August’s Birthstone: Peridot

Peridot’s rich history, along with its beautiful yellow-green brilliance, give it a deserved place of pride among gemstones. Its use as a gemstone dates back thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians, who called it “the gem of the sun,” mined it from the island of Zagarbad in the Mediterranean, one of the few known ancient sources of the gem. Many historians now believe that Cleopatra’s famed collection of emeralds was actually peridots. The stone was frequently mistaken for emeralds in medieval times, before more sophisticated gemological analysis was available.

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Fortunately for modern aficionados, many sources for peridot exist nowadays, including Arizona, New Mexico, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, and China. This gem-quality variety of the mineral olivine is found in igneous rocks and brought to the earth’s surface from deep in the mantle by volcanic activity. It ranges from a pale yellow-green to brownish-green, with a deep olive green considered the most desirable hue. Peridot has also been found in meteorites, although usually not in sizes large enough for use in jewelry.

The origin of the name “peridot” is unclear—while some say that it comes from the Arabic “faridat,” meaning “gem,” others speculate that it comes from the Greek “peridona,” meaning “giving plenty.” The stone has a wealth of meaning attributed to it. It has long been associated with healing properties, protection from evil spirits, abundance, and luck. On Hawaii, peridot is associated with Pele, the goddess of volcanoes.

It’s not hard to see why peridot has been a popular gemstone throughout the ages, nor why many cultures have attached meaning to it. The stone looks beautiful under both natural and artificial lighting, which has given it the nickname “the Evening Emerald.” Readily available, it’s an attractive option for those looking for beautiful green gemstone jewelry at an affordable price point. As with other transparent gemstones, its value increases with the size of the individual stone, lack of visible inclusions, and greater intensity of color. While peridot is often cut in standard faceted shapes from round and oval to marquise and triangle, it can also be made into beads and cabochons as well.

Peridot is a 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which means it is relatively resistant to scratching. However, the stone can be chipped by a careless blow, and is vulnerable to high heat or rapid temperature changes. You should not clean peridot with steam or with an ultrasonic cleaner.

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