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The Chemistry of Gemstone Colours 2016

What Causes the Colour of Gemstones?

The Chemistry of Gemstone Colours 2016
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There are a wide range of gemstones used in jewellery, with each having its own characteristic colour – or, in some cases, a range of colours. The origin of these colours has a chemical basis, and the precise colour can vary depending on the chemical composition of the gemstone. Interestingly, many minerals are actually colourless in their pure form, and it is the inclusion of impurities in their structure which leads to their colouration.

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