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Fluorescence produced by optical defects in diamond: measurement, characterisation and challenges

How variations in UV lamp output can affect observed fluorescence colour and intensity.

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Hydrogen-rich Diamonds
Grey-To-Blue-To-Violet Hydrogen-Rich Diamonds from the Argyle Mine, Australia

The Argyle diamond mine is the only known source of type IaB hydrogen- and nitrogen-rich diamonds coloured grey to blue to violet.

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GemCad View of the French Blue Enclosed Within the Tavernier Blue
A Crystallographic Analysis of the Tavernier Blue Diamond

This study uses both historical information and modern data to create a computer model of the Tavernier Blue, orienting the finished diamond within the original diamond crystal.

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Coloured Diamonds in the Aurora Butterfly of Peace Collection
The “Type” Classification System of Diamonds and Its Importance in Gemmology

Knowledge of type allows gemmologists to better evaluate if a diamond might be treated or synthetic, and whether it should be sent to a laboratory for testing.

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Treated-Colour Pink-To-Red Diamonds from Lucent Diamonds Inc.

Using a multi-step process, Lucent Diamonds has developed a new treatment process for certain natural diamonds that creates colours from pink-purple to red to orangey brown.

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De Beers near Colourless-to-Blue Experimental Gem-Quality Synthetic Diamonds

De Beers has produced a faceted synthetic gem-quality diamond that could go unrecognised without careful gemmological testing.

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Computer Rendering of the “French Blue” Diamond
The French Blue and the Hope: New Data from the Discovery of a Historical Lead Cast

With the use of modern tools and technology, this article sheds light on the history and provenance of both the French Blue and the Hope diamonds.

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Colour Grading of Coloured Diamonds in the GIA Gem Trade Laboratory

How GIA’s Gem Trade Laboratory grades coloured diamonds, including an expanded colour grading terminology, is explained.

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Book Review: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg: The McFerrin Collection

By Dorothy McFerrin, publ. by the McFerrin Foundation, College Station, Texas, 2013, US $125 (£74)

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