Diamonds in Nature: A Guide to Rough Diamonds

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Springer Science & Business Media, Feb 16, 2011 - Science - 142 pages
Diamonds in Nature: A Guide to Rough Diamonds illustrates the range of crystal shapes, colours, surface textures, and mineral inclusions of rough, uncut, naturally forming diamonds. Each chapter contains photographs that show the unique physical characteristics of the diamonds, and the accompanying text describes the processes that led to their formation. This book is an invaluable reference manual for professional geoscientists—including gemmologists and exploration geologists.
 

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Contents

The Origin of Diamonds
1
The Morphology of Diamonds
15
The Colors of Diamonds
45
The Surface Textures of Diamonds
71
Inclusions in Diamonds
93
References
123
Collection Credits
137
Index
138
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About the author (2011)

Ralf Tappert is a mineralogist who has studied diamonds and their host rocks from localities worldwide, including Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia. He has worked as a university researcher and consultant, and he has published a number of articles about diamonds in international scientific journals.

Michelle Tappert is a geologist and a writer. In addition to studying the spectroscopy of rocks and minerals as a university researcher, she has worked as a consultant for the mineral exploration industry, searching for diamonds and other commodities.

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