Beauty. Synthetic Gemstones


Learn what a synthetic gemstone is and what the difference is between synthetics, treatments and imitations.

Hybrid Gemstones: Glass Rubies and More

Hybrid Gemstones: Glass Rubies and More

Some gems contain both natural and lab-made components. Learn about these hybrid gemstones and how to distinguish them from mined...
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Synthetic Aquamarines

Synthetic Aquamarines

Synthetic aquamarines are relatively rare, but gemologists may encounter them. Learn how these stones are made and how to distinguish...
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Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, and Imitations, Part 5: Gemstone Treatments

Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, and Imitations, Part 5: Gemstone Treatments

Identifying gemstone treatments is difficult even for experienced gemologists. Learn about the many different ways gem color and clarity are...
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What’s the Difference Between Synthetic, Simulated, and Created Gemstones?

What’s the Difference Between Synthetic, Simulated, and Created Gemstones?

What's the difference between synthetic, simulated, and created gemstones? Learn the definitions (and gray areas) of these commonly used terms....
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Lab-Grown Diamonds FAQ

Lab-Grown Diamonds FAQ

Lab-grown diamonds are becoming popular options for engagement ring stones. Learn the truth about these gems in our FAQ and...
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Identifying Lab-Made Emeralds

Identifying Lab-Made Emeralds

Mined emeralds are expensive, so lab-made emeralds are an attractive option for consumers. Learn how these synthetic gems are made...
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Gemstone Doublets, Triplets, and Other Assembled Stones

Gemstone Doublets, Triplets, and Other Assembled Stones

Made from two or more materials, assembled gems can make durable and affordable jewelry. Learn more about gemstone doublets, triplets,...
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Synthetic Opal Types

Synthetic Opal Types

Distinguishing synthetic opal from a mined gem is a vital skill for opal dealers. Learn about five different types of...
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Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 2: Crystal Growth

Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 2: Crystal Growth

Learn about the different crystal growth methods used to artificially create gemstones in laboratories.
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Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 3: Synthetic Diamond

Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 3: Synthetic Diamond

Learn about synthetic diamond creation and the challenges buyers face determining whether a diamond is natural or artificial.
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Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 4: Synthetic Gemstone Guide

Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 4: Synthetic Gemstone Guide

Many varieties of gems besides diamond can be created in the laboratory. Our synthetic gemstone guide covers many examples and...
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Identifying Synthetic Spinel

Identifying Synthetic Spinel

Synthetic spinel is a widely used jewelry stone. Learn how gemologists can identify lab-made flame-fusion, flux, and Czochralski spinels.
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Are Man-Made Gemstones Real?

Are Man-Made Gemstones Real?

Get the insight of Jeff on all your questions and concerns about Gemstones. This "Just ask Jeff" article talks about...
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Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 1: An Introduction

Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 1: An Introduction

Tech advances and market forces make it essential for gem buyers to know the science behind synthetic gemstones and gem...
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Synthetic Gemstone Inclusions

Synthetic Gemstone Inclusions

Identifying lab-created gems is a critical skill for gemologists. Learn how to spot the most common synthetic gemstone inclusions.
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