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An Introduction to Photoluminescence Spectroscopy for Diamond and Its Applications in Gemmology

Presents the underlying physics and methodology of this analytical technique, which has become an essential tool in identifying treated and synthetic diamonds.

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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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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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GIA’s Symmetry Grading Boundaries for Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds

A presentation of parameters used to support GIA's symmetry grading system.

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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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Colour Grading “D-to-Z” Diamonds at the GIA Laboratory

This article discusses the history and ongoing development of GIA's colour grading system, and explains how its laboratory applies it.

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Star of the South: A Historic 128 Ct Diamond

This article presents the first complete gemmological characterisation of the historic 128.48 ct Brazilian diamond known as the Star of the South.

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10 Study Samples Before and After HPHT Processing
GE POL Diamonds: Before and After

This article explores and identifies the changes that type IIa GE POL diamonds experience before and after HPHT annealing.

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Fingerprinting of Two Diamonds Cut from the Same Rough

With the information from a combination of tools now available, the sophisticated gemmologist can fingerprint a given stone.

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Modern Diamond Cutting and Polishing

Over the last 25 years, the diamond-cutting industry worldwide has been revolutionised by sophisticated instruments that provide invaluable aid in the process of creating a polished gem.

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