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Understanding the Science (Overview)

This series is intended to provide helpful insights into Materialytics Sequencing Station (M2S). Beginning in 2002, we wanted to determine if it was possible to trace a gemstone back to its host country (“determine its provenance”) and ideally to its host mine. What we learned has significantly changed our approach to this and related questions.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What resources would be required, in terms of time, staffing, and money, for my company to create a custom database?
To provide an estimate, Materialytics® requires specific information regarding the scope of a project. Creation of a useful custom database often takes months, at times, more than a year. As with any large undertaking, the project must have a champion within your organization that is willing to work closely with Materialytics and be an internal liaison. It is a commitment that requires a significant amount of time. Clearly, this is not a casual undertaking; however, the potential ROI may make this an attractive endeavor.
What types of materials does M2S® work on?
So far, M2S has worked with every type of material we have tested, including such things as gold, tin, titanium, alloys and many gems. We are now running pilot studies on manufactured parts, meteorites, apples, oranges, pharmaceuticals, even coffee beans and chocolate.
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