Synthetic Gemstone; a brief introduction;
Pertaining to, involving, or of the nature of synthesis; produced by synthesis; especially not of natural origin.
Synthetic and possessing chemical and physical properties that are essentially the same as those of their natural counterpart; created the same way.
Gemstones created in the lab and not by natural processes are called synthetic gemstones.
Difference in natural and synthetic gems
Perhaps the most astonishing fact about synthetic gemstones is that they are exactly like the natural stones. However, the only difference between the natural and synthetic is that the synthetic species are ‘perfect’. Synthetic gemstones contain the same chemical make-up as the natural gems even in purer forms.
There are arguments that in the near future, this disparity in pricing will become extinct as more people will begin appreciating the quality of synthetic gems and will not fancy paying exorbitant prices for the natural ones OR natural gems will retains their market in tact.
METHODS OF PREPARING SYNTHETIC GEMSTONES
One of the most popular methods of preparing synthetic gemstones is the flame fusion method or Verneuil process. In fact, this process laid the foundation for other techniques, such as the hydrothermal and flux process used in synthetic gem production today. To conclude, it is safe to say that synthetic gemstones are the inexpensive versions of natural gemstones with almost the same beauty and functionality and some times appearently better than original.