Jewelry & Watch analyses

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X-ray crystallography is a unique method we use for determining the atomic and molecular structure of gems, watches and other jewelry. The item being scanned has different atom structures that cause a beam of X-rays to diffract into many specific directions. By measuring the angles and intensities of these diffracted beams, a crystallographer can produce a three-dimensional picture of the density of electrons within. From this electron density, the mean positions of the atoms in the item can be determined, as well as their chemical and structural bonds. Our trained technicians can see the tiniest flaw for repair or imperfection to note for our clients.