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GEMSTONE TERMS AND WHAT THEY MEAN

BY Preston Reuther

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If you are going to buy a piece of gemstone designer jewelry you really need to know all the terms used in the gem trade and its not difficult it will only take a minute so lets look at a few shall we?

COLOR SHOT CABOCHONS
Cabochon is a gemstone that is shaped with a flat bottom and convex top, generally an oval shape but it can actually be any kind of shape.  The gemstone is polished, making scratches less noticeable. "Color shot" means dyes are added to the resin of the gemstone. These gemstones can be any variety of color. It is a practide highly practiced but rarely spoken about. The cutters and gem mines do this to bring out the true colors at any cost. Most natural stones have color imperfections and people love things that are perfect. But as in people nothing is perfect in nature. Usually if you have a perfect gemstone something has been done to it.
 
GENUINE GEMSTONES
 A gemstone or gem, a precious or semi-precious stone (a mineral) that is desired when shaped and polished. Genuine (in gemstones) means the gemstone has certain qualities. A genuine gemstone is a product of Mother Nature; however genuine gemstones can still be treated or color enhanced and still be genuine. So if you want a stone that is ABSOLUTELY produced by mother nature and untouched by man you might just ask the dealer and you might get a straight answer. Maybe!
 
SYNTHETIC GEMSTONES
 Only minor differences separate natural gemstones from synthetic gemstones. They have the same basic chemical composition, colors, and characteristics. Some common synthetic gemstones that are produced and can be quite expensive are: ruby, opal, sapphire, and emerald. These gemstones are created in labs, but are not the same as 100% lab created stones. They are made from "Syn Spinal" or "Syn Corundum."

 

 

 
LAB CREATED GEMSTONES
 These stones are made in a lab, and have the same composition as natural gemstones. Most lab created gemstones are more appealing than natural stones because they can be made the way people love them, PERFECT!  They can be listed as "fine gemstones." Per the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) the lab created stones must be identical to natural stones. They must have the same physical, optical and chemical make-up to do this but they still can't match good ol mother nature!
 

MAN MADE GEMSTONES
 Man made gemstones are lab created or synthetic gemstones. These man made gemstones can shine more, sparkle, and often are flawless to the consumer. By law they should be noted as Man Mad Gems.

RECONSTRUCTED CABOCHONS
These are gemstones that are made out of heated fragments of gem material and then mixed with resign or a half dozen other material to come out with a gem that is not usually hard or attractive but get one anyway. These gemstones are made in a laboratory, like lab created gemstones but of a much cheaper nature. Lots of costume jewelry are encrused with reconstructed cabs.
 
SIMULATED GEMSTONES
 Simulated gemstones are really the same is imitation gemstones. Facets are often cut into these gemstones to improve the stones' appearance. Simulated gemstones look like natural stones, but do not have the same mineral composition as natural stones. The luster, hardness, and looks are created in a factory much like glass and most of it is hardened glass that just looks like a gem.

STABILIZED GEMSTONES
Stabilized gemstones are stones have been stabilized (made) with a clear resin. The resin helps promote clarity and hardness. When a stone is stabilized, it protects against fading. Gemstones dark in color, sapphire and turquoise are two examples of stones that are often stabilized.

 

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