Book Review: Handbook of Spectral Lines in Diamond, Volume 1: Tables and Interpretations
By Bernhard Dischler, 467 pp., publ. by Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co., Berlin; New York, 2012, US $120
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)
Fluorescence produced by optical defects in diamond: measurement, characterisation and challenges
How variations in UV lamp output can affect observed fluorescence colour and intensity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.