Tech advances and market forces make it essential for gem buyers to know the science behind synthetic gemstones and gem formation. Learn the basics here.
Learn about the different crystal growth methods used to artificially create gemstones in laboratories.
Learn about synthetic diamond creation and the challenges buyers face determining whether a diamond is natural or artificial.
Many varieties of gems besides diamond can be created in the laboratory. Our synthetic gemstone guide covers many examples and explains their manufacture.
Identifying gemstone treatments is difficult even for experienced gemologists. Learn how they detect manufacturing traces and artificial enhancements.
The chemistry of man-made spinel can differ from natural spinel. Read more about what synthetic spinel is, how it was discovered, and what to look for.
Successful tips and guide in identifying Inclusions Found in Synthetic Gems. Read and learn several ways to identify inclusions found in synthetic gems here
What's the difference between synthetic, simulated, and created gemstones? Learn the definitions (and gray areas) of these commonly used terms.
Get the insight of Jeff on all your questions and concerns about Gemstones. This "Just ask Jeff" article talks about the authenticity of man-made gemstones.
Made from two or more materials, assembled gems can make durable and affordable jewelry. Learn more about gemstone doublets, triplets, and other varieties.
Distinguishing synthetic opal from a mined gem is a vital skill for opal dealers. Learn about five different types of lab-made opal and what they look like.