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Recently discovered and legendary diamonds in the blue/gray/violet color range
Natural-Colour Blue, Grey and Violet Diamonds: Allure of the Deep

Summarises data collected on more than 15,000 natural blue/grey/violet diamonds examined by GIA during the last decade and examines the mechanisms that produce this colour range.

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Rough CLIPPIR diamonds
The Very Deep Origin of the World’s Biggest Diamonds

Explores an exceptional family of diamonds, referred to as “CLIPPIR” (Cullinan-like, Large, Inclusion-Poor, Pure, Irregular and Resorbed), that formed in a super-deep environment.

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Fluorescence image of Aurora Butterfly of Peace
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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Optical defects in diamond: a quick reference chart

A simple chart of optical defects in diamond, including those that produce colouration and fluorescence colours.

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Faceted CVD Synthetic Diamonds
CVD Synthetic Diamonds from Gemesis Corp

An examination of the gemmological and spectroscopic properties of CVD synthetic diamonds from Gemesis Corp.

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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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X-Ray Fingerprinting Routine for Cut Diamonds

A simplified form of X-ray topography can fingerprint faceted diamonds to aid in their recovery from loss or theft.

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Identification of Synthetic Diamond Grown Using Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD)

This article presents information about the CVD process, the history of its development, and properties that differentiate the resulting synthetic crystals from natural diamond.

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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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