Gems & Gemology Fall 2013, Vol. 49, No. 3

Book Review: Handbook of Spectral Lines in Diamond, Volume 1: Tables and Interpretations


The author has documented both published and unpublished results of more than 2,500 entries assigned to more than 400 optical centers. He includes information on spectral lines for natural diamonds, both treated and untreated, as well as synthetic diamonds, HPHT and CVD. He also explores a variety of impurity defects in diamond: nitrogen, boron, hydrogen, and silicon, among others.
 
The collection of data is presented in 203 tables, in which the author provides an interpretation and analysis of spectra and the assignment of structures to the optical centers. Tables in the appendices include historical, existing, and new names of defect centers or lines in diamond.
 
Reviewed by GIA Library Staff
Carlsbad, California