Saturday, February 27, 2010

Fun Friday The Letter S: Simulated, vs Synthetic Gemstones

This was originally posted in 2008. I am sharing it again, in honor of Fun Friday, the letter S. The video is new, and shows how diamonds are being created in a laboratory.

There is a difference between simulated and synthetic gemstones. Of course a natural gemstone is a genuine gemstone.
Simulated gemstones are man made gemstones, that can be made of any materials, including glass. They mimic the natural gemstone, they are simulating. They are often very large, affordable, clean and quite beautiful. They do not hold a lot of value, but make quite striking jewelry. Probably the most well know simulated gemstone is a CZ, which of course is a simulant for a diamond. Another one that I very much like, is the Paraiba Ice. It is a simulated gemstone made to mimic the very expensive Paraiba Tourmaline, which is the natural form of the gemstone. It has a lovely swimming pool blue color, and is quite affordable, in the simulated form.

Synthetic gemstones, are man made gemstones as well. However they have the same chemical and optical properties, as a natural gemstone. There are some that carry a great deal of value, and are worth having in a collection. I own some padparadscha sapphire synthetic gemstones. I would of course love to own the natural form, but it is not only extremely rare, but extremely expensive. There are many synthetic stones on the market. It is like having a perfect version of the natural stone, without the expense.
Of course, as a collector, I would love to have a natural gemstone in all the stones that are available. Unfortunately that is not always possible, so these lovely substitutes, do nicely in their place.


Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Very informative post. I didn't know what the difference was...and that there WAS a difference. Thank you! Have a great weekend. ; )

betchai said...

wow, thanks for this piece of info Melissa, I haven't heard about simulated gemstones before, it's good to know or learn something new always.

Melissa said...

Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed it.

Ebie said...

You got me thinking about the synthetic ones. In my younger days, I used to buy gemstones. I have a few colored ones.

Thanks for this info.

Melissa said...

Ms Ebie consumers do need to be careful, because sometimes these stones get sold for mega bucks, as a genuine gemstone.

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