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7.1: Optical Properties of Gemstones

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  • The way in which the behavior of light is affected by gemstones is important because this leads to:

    • Practical considerations about the way and shapes in which gemstones are cut, in order to display their beauty to the best advantage.
    • The observation and measurement of that behavior as a means of identification of gemstones.

    In diagram:


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