Special Issue "Gemstone Analysis by Spectroscopy and Microscopy"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (2 July 2021).
The analysis of gemstones used to be a task mostly performed on basic optical instruments such as refractometers by gemmologists. This has changed significantly over the past several decades, and gem testing has become a highly sophisticated field of science that combines mineralogy, geology, chemistry, and physics. Gem materials are typically split into diamonds (colourless and coloured), coloured stones (all other gemstones) and organic materials such as pearls, amber and coral. Gemstone analysis involves a range of tasks including identification, treatment detection, country of origin detection, the determination of colour-causing mechanisms, the analysis of impurities and defects, plus the analysis of the growth mechanisms responsible for the specific physical characteristics of gem materials.
This Special Issue focusses on the spectroscopic and microscopic analysis of gemstones, including all types of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques used in the characterisation of gem materials. Papers are welcome that cover new analytical results obtained from testing gem materials by spectroscopy and/or microscopy, including new or little-exploited methods. Such results may include—amongst others—the characterization of specific gem materials, defect characterization of gemstones, the characterization and identification of gem treatments, and the application of new or little-exploited spectroscopic or microscopic analytical techniques. Submitted papers may cover any type of gem material, including natural, synthetic and artificial gemstones, untreated and treated.
Dr. Thomas Hainschwang
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- defect characterization
- gem material characterization
- treatment characterization
- colour origin