Applied Mineralogy (Gemstones)

Jewelry and gemstones are an important present-day economic factors. Questions about the origin of materials and minerals, processes for treating them, but also the production of synthetic imitations are clarified using the appropriate analytical material-science techniques.

The expertise at the Department includes non-destructive material analysis and identification, in particular the understanding of the origin of color varieties, as well as the distinguishability of natural and synthetic materials.