Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 1: An Introduction

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.

Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 2: Crystal Growth

Learn about the different crystal growth methods used to artificially create gemstones in laboratories.

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Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 3: Synthetic Diamond

Learn about synthetic diamond creation and the challenges buyers face determining whether a diamond is natural or artificial.

Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 4: Synthetic Gemstone Guide

Many varieties of gems besides diamond can be created in the laboratory. Our synthetic gemstone guide covers many examples and explains their manufacture.

Understanding Gem Synthetics, Treatments, And Imitations, Part 5: Identifying Gemstone Treatments

Identifying gemstone treatments is difficult even for experienced gemologists. Learn how they detect manufacturing traces and artificial enhancements.

Does Synthetic Spinel Exist? What is it?

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.

Identifying Inclusions Found in Synthetic Gems

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?

What's the difference between synthetic, simulated, and created gemstones? Learn the definitions (and gray areas) of these commonly used terms.

Are Man-Made Gemstones Real?

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.

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Gemstone Doublets, Triplets, and Other Assembled Stones

Made from two or more materials, assembled gems can make durable and affordable jewelry. Learn more about gemstone doublets, triplets, and other varieties.