A Caltech Library Service

On the beauty of defects

Gaillou, Eloïse and Rossman, George R. (2017) On the beauty of defects. In: Diamond - The Ultimate Gemstone. MINERAL Monograph. No.19. Lithographie LLC , pp. 40-53. ISBN 9780983632351 .

Full text is not posted in this repository.

Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


In its pure and perfect form, diamond is colorless. However, in nature or even when made in a laboratory, diamonds are never composed just of perfectly arranged carbon atoms. At the atomic level even colorless and seemingly flawless diamonds contain trace amounts of other elements such as nitrogen or hydrogen, or they may contain structural defects such as missing carbon atoms. When present in specific atomic arrangements and concentrations, most minor components of defects can cause absorption of specific wavelengths that give rise to color.

Item Type:Book Section
Rossman, George R.0000-0002-4571-6884
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20170623-180017829
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:78566
Deposited By: Gail Peretsman Clement
Deposited On:24 Jun 2017 02:48
Last Modified:24 Jun 2017 02:48

Repository Staff Only: item control page