Identifying Synthetic Gems
Step 5: Advanced Gem Information
Distinguishing natural from synthetic gems is a critical skill for gemologists. It could mean the difference between valuing a gemstone at thousands of dollars per carat or just a couple of dollars.
You should know the following definitions.
- Natural Gems – Formed in the Earth.
- Synthetic Gems – Duplicates of natural gems grown in a lab.
- Homocreates – Synthetic gem materials with no natural counterparts.
- Imitations – Gemstones or other materials presented as other kinds of gems.
You can find more information on these terms in our guide to gem classification.
What to Look For First
Very fine clarity may be the first indication you’re dealing with a synthetic. Few …