Laboratory-Grown Gemstones vs. Natural Gemstones
Laboratory-Grown GemstonesAccording to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) 'Guides for the Jewelry, Precious Metals, and Pewter
Industries', Section 23.24; It is unfair or deceptive to use the word "real," "genuine," "natural," "precious,"
"semi-precious," or similar terms to describe any industry product that is manufactured or produced artificially.
Made by human beings
instead of nature: artificial, manmade, or manufactured to possess the
physical and optical characteristics as natural gemstones. Examples of synthetic gemstones are lab-created
emerald, ruby or Chrysoberyl (Alexandrite).
To have or take on
the appearance, form, or imitate a natural or synthetic gemstone. Examples
gemstones are Cubic Zirconia and glass.
Gem synthesis has been
around since the late 1800's. Experiments led to the manufacture of
Natural GemstonesDistinguishing a real gemstone from a synthetic one is a skill which every individual should learn. Gems are
expensive and the last thing you want is to pay a great deal of money for a piece of jewelry which isn’t real.
In order to help you determine whether or not a gemstone is real, we have compiled a list of techniques you
can use to determine whether a gem is real or synthetic.
The difference between synthetic and real gemstones
is very difficult to distinguish just by looking at one.
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