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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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Possible “Sister” Stones of the Hope Diamond

A recent study compares a specially created model of the Hope diamond with recent computer models of the French Blue to determine if other stones could have resulted from either recutting.

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0.45 ct Pink CVD Labgrown Diamond
Strongly Coloured Pink CVD Lab-Grown Diamonds

Pink CVD lab-grown products can be separated from natural and treated-colour natural pink diamonds by a combination of gemmological and spectroscopic properties, which are explored in this study.

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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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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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The Gemmological Properties of Russian Gem-Quality Synthetic Yellow Diamonds

Russian-grown gem-quality synthetic diamonds are being sold for jewellery; this article presents the results of a gemmological examination of a group of yellow samples.

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