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The detection of colour-enhanced and synthetic gem diamonds by optical spectroscopy

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1976 - 1983
Number of pages8
Issue number10-11
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003
Event8th International Conference on New Diamond Science and Technology - VICTORIA, Australia
Duration: 1 Jan 2003 → …

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  • Physics


In this article, the spectroscopic methods used to assess gem-quality diamonds are reviewed. From such measurements it is possible to determine, in the majority of cases, whether the colour of a stone is natural, or has been changed by some form of treatment-either HPHT processing, radiation damage and annealing, or a combination of both methods. Methods used to identify synthetic diamonds are also covered briefly. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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