This inclusion in an emerald contains a liquid, a gas bubble, and a cube-shaped solid material. The gas bubble is the dark bean-like shape and the solid cube is to its right.
The cross-shaped inclusion is a transparent crystal in a natural emerald. – Photo by John Koivula
The needle-like inclusions in this emerald are a mineral called actinolite [ak-tin-uh-lite]. Another inclusion—probably tourmaline—lies between the two actinolite needles. – Photo by John Koivula