In the last decade, Raman spectroscopy has been used for routine investigation for gemmological purposes, being nondestructiveand non-invasive. In addition, this technique grants short measurement times without any sample preparation.In this context, this work is focused on the spectroscopic characterization of different kinds of blue gems, including sapphires,by comparing the performance of a handheld Raman instrumentation along with a micro-Raman spectrometer, with the aimto provide gemmological certification and to get information on the provenance of the gems. The main goal of the presentstudy is to identify imitation gems and to distinguish between natural and synthetic sapphire; in this latter case, microRamanmeasurements were fundamental for the characterization of the inclusions. Moreover, the chemical composition of bluegems has been obtained by portable XRF technique. The obtained data show that a portable Raman spectrometer can berecommended as a fast and easy instrument to discriminate sapphire from imitations.

A portableversus micro-Raman equipment comparison for gemmological purposes: The case of sapphires and their imitations

BARONE, GERMANA;MAZZOLENI, Paolo;
2014-01-01

Abstract

In the last decade, Raman spectroscopy has been used for routine investigation for gemmological purposes, being nondestructiveand non-invasive. In addition, this technique grants short measurement times without any sample preparation.In this context, this work is focused on the spectroscopic characterization of different kinds of blue gems, including sapphires,by comparing the performance of a handheld Raman instrumentation along with a micro-Raman spectrometer, with the aimto provide gemmological certification and to get information on the provenance of the gems. The main goal of the presentstudy is to identify imitation gems and to distinguish between natural and synthetic sapphire; in this latter case, microRamanmeasurements were fundamental for the characterization of the inclusions. Moreover, the chemical composition of bluegems has been obtained by portable XRF technique. The obtained data show that a portable Raman spectrometer can berecommended as a fast and easy instrument to discriminate sapphire from imitations.
gems; portable XRF; handheld Raman spectrometer, micro-Raman spectroscopy
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