Natural Gemstones vs. Synthetic Gemstones
The debate about natural verses synthetic gemstones will be raged for years to come. However, for most of us dealing with just the facts will suffice to make decisions as to which to purchase and wear. So lets get to some facts.
Natural gemstones are one’s created over time by mother earth. They range widely in their imperfections and impurities. This is because they form in uncontrolled growing conditions. Often different gemstones can be found in the same dig. A good example of this can be a find of smoky quartz along with amethyst and citrine. They are all crystals of SiO2 but each with it’s own impurities, which imparts the different colors.
Synthetic gemstones are created in a laboratory under very controlled conditions. They are started from a ‘seed’ provided by a natural gemstone. Their growth is so precisely controlled that resulting gemstones have perfect color and clarity. The normal inclusions and impurities often found in natural gemstones are absent from the synthetic counterparts. These synthetic gemstones have the exact same chemical, optical and physical properties, as do natural occurring gemstones. This can sometimes make them seem ‘too’ perfect. Some of the more popular synthetic gemstones are rubies, emeralds and sapphires.
Which type gemstone do you want for yourself? The answer really comes down to money.
Natural gemstones are more expensive than their counterparts in the synthetic world. Natural gemstones tend to appreciate in value over time and most collectors and investors prefer natural gemstones. The subtle imperfections give each a unique character and oneness to that stone.
Synthetic gemstones provide a more affordable way for people to own nice jewelry. The flawlessness factor certainly is an attractive draw to synthetic gemstones and this factor makes for beautiful jewelry.
Purchasing gemstones can be a bit daunting, especially with some of the rather unscrupulous sellers today. So how do you know if a gemstone you are considering is natural or synthetic. It will always be best if you can make the determination on your own, but if you cannot, then ask. Any reputable jeweler or dealer will be honest with you about the origin of the stone. If they do not know or are unwilling to say, go somewhere else to make your purchase.
Whether you decide to go with a natural gemstone or a synthetic gemstone, the resulting jewelry will be an heirloom piece you will treasure for years to come.
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