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Optical characterization of synthetic faceted gem materials grown from hydrothermal solutions
Author(s): Taijin Lu; James E. Shigley
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Paper Abstract

Various non-destructive optical characterization techniques have been used to characterize and identify synthetic gem materials grown from hydrothermal solutions, to include ruby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst and ametrine (amethyst-citrine), from their natural counterparts. The ability to observe internal features, such as inclusions, dislocations, twins, color bands, and growth zoning in gem materials is strongly dependent on the observation techniques and conditions, since faceted gemstones have many polished surfaces which can reflect and scatter light in various directions which can make observation difficult. However, diagnostic gemological properties of these faceted synthetic gem materials can be obtained by choosing effective optical characterization methods, and by modifying optical instruments. Examples of some of the distinctive features of synthetic amethyst, ametrine, pink quartz, ruby and emerald are presented to illustrate means of optical characterization of gemstones. The ability to observe defects by light scattering techniques is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3425, Optical Diagnostic Methods for Inorganic Transmissive Materials, (8 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.326676
Show Author Affiliations
Taijin Lu, Gemological Institute of America (United States)
James E. Shigley, Gemological Institute of America (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3425:
Optical Diagnostic Methods for Inorganic Transmissive Materials
Raju V. Datla; Leonard M. Hanssen, Editor(s)

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