8b. Applications to the Study of Gems and Jewellery

  1. John M. Chalmers5,
  2. Howell G. M. Edwards6 and
  3. Michael D. Hargreaves7
  1. Lore Kiefert1,
  2. Marina Epelboym2,
  3. Hpone-Phyo Kan-Nyunt3 and
  4. Susan Paralusz4

Published Online: 10 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119962328.ch8b

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

How to Cite

Kiefert, L., Epelboym, M., Kan-Nyunt, H.-P. and Paralusz, S. (2012) Applications to the Study of Gems and Jewellery, in Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science (eds J. M. Chalmers, H. G. M. Edwards and M. D. Hargreaves), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119962328.ch8b

Editor Information

  1. 5

    VS Consulting, Stokesley, UK

  2. 6

    Chemical and Forensic Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

  3. 7

    Thermo Scientific Portable Optical Analyzers, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Wilmington, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Guebelin Gem Laboratory, Maihofstrasse, Luzern, Switzerland

  2. 2

    European Gem Lab- EGL USA, 580 Fifth Avenue, New York, USA

  3. 3

    GIA Laboratory Bangkok, U-Chu-Liang Building, Bangkok, Thailand

  4. 4

    Consulting Gemologist, North Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470749067

Online ISBN: 9781119962328



  • study of gems and jewellery, applications and methods;
  • gemmology, and demand for non-destructive test methods;
  • Raman spectroscopy, popularity over the past 10–15 years;
  • mid-IR and Raman, in gemmology, in combination or separately;
  • mid-IR, Raman spectroscopy of diamonds, colour determining diamond value;
  • fissure filling detection in emeralds, by IR and/or Raman spectroscopy;
  • good Raman spectrum of decayed oil in fissures, with mid-IR;
  • IR and Raman spectroscopy in gemology, three uses


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Case Study Example I: Mid-Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy of Diamonds

  • Case Study Example II: Detection of Fissure Fillings in Emeralds

  • Case Study Example III: The Raman Identification of Turquoise

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgements

  • References