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Dr. James E. Shigley has been director of GIA Research since 1986. He has written several groundbreaking articles on synthetic diamond identification for Gems & Gemology and other journals. Dr. Shigley received a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of California, and a doctorate in geology from Stanford University.
Ask anyone who has ever written for Gems & Gemology and you will hear of the strict, even painful editing process that every article must go through before publication. So you know that something by the staff itself is going to be of the highest editorial quality in the industry.
The first in a series of themed gemological subjects, this collection of 30+ years of its previously published articles on synthetic diamonds did not disappoint me. The preface lays it all out, explaining how they have grouped the articles into a mostly chronological order following the history of the development of the product and its impact on the diamond business.
I remembered many of the early articles, some of which were breakthrough studies, only to be superseded by new developments in later articles. In this book is the history of diamond synthesis, vis-à-vis gemology, and is a great way to fill in and/or update your knowledge on the subject. The bibliography is impressive and, as expected
from G & G, it is well-indexed.
I'll look forward to see how prescient the epilogue and comments from industry leaders turn out to be in the years to come.
Charles I. Carmona, G.G.
Guild Laboratories, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
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