Origin of gemstones is a key aspect not only in gemological field but also in Cultural Heritage studies, for the correct evaluation of precious artifacts. The studies on gems require the application of non-invasive and non-destructive methods; among them, portable spectroscopic techniques has been demonstrated as powerful tools, providing a fingerprint of gems for origin and provenance determination. In this study, portable XRF spectroscopy has been applied to test the potential of the technique for the origin determination of corundum gems. The obtained results allowed distinguishing natural and synthetic rubies and sapphires.
Portable XRF: A Tool for the Study of Corundum Gems / Barone, Germana; Mazzoleni, Paolo; Bersani, Danilo; Raneri, Simona. - In: OPEN ARCHAEOLOGY. - ISSN 2300-6560. - 3:1(2017), pp. 194-201. [10.1515/opar-2017-0011]
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