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5.19 ct CVD synthetic diamond
CVD Synthetic Diamond Over 5 Carats Identified by GIA

Results from GIA’s recent testing of a 5.19 ct CVD synthetic diamond, the largest it has examined to date.

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10.08 ct HPHT synthetic diamond with color equivalent to Fancy Deep blue
Blue HPHT Synthetic Diamond Over 10 Carats

Results from GIA’s recent testing of a 10.08 ct blue HPHT synthetic diamond, the largest HPHT synthetic recorded to date.

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An Introduction to Synthetic Gem Materials

A synthetic gem material is one that is made in a laboratory, but which shares virtually all chemical, optical, and physical characteristics of its natural mineral counterpart, though in some cases, namely synthetic turquoise and synthetic opal, additional compounds can be present.

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DiamondView image of HPHT synthetic showing square pattern.
HPHT-Grown Synthetic Diamond with Strain

Linear strain patterns are found in an HPHT synthetic diamond.

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Greenish yellow doublets.
Synthetic Sapphire and Synthetic Spinel Doublets

Unusual doublets created from two different synthetics are revealed at the Carlsbad laboratory.

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Fall 2016 Gems & Gemology Cover
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Fall 2016 G&G: CVD Synthetic Diamonds Survey, Reversible Color Change in Blue Zircon

A summary of the content found in the Fall 2016 issue of Gems & Gemology.

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Near-colorless and Fancy Vivid purplish pink CVD synthetic diamonds
Observations on CVD-Grown Synthetic Diamonds: A Review

Explores statistical data and defining characteristics of gem-quality CVD synthetic diamonds examined by GIA since 2003.

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Identifying Lab-Grown Diamonds

Dr. James E. Shigley describes the means of distinguishing colorless and colored synthetic gem-quality diamonds from natural diamonds.

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The 3543 CM-1 Infrared Absorption Band in Natural and Synthetic Amethyst and its Value in Identification

The proper use and limitations of IR spectroscopy for identifying natural versus synthetic amethyst of various types have been investigated, focusing on the region 3800–3000 cm-1.

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Hydrogen-rich Diamonds
Gray-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 colored gray to blue to violet.

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