Synthetics, Simulants & Treatments
Synthetic gems are those made in a laboratory with the same basic chemical composition as a natural gem. Simulants are other gems and materials used to imitate a natural gemstone. Treatments are various processes that natural gem material might undergo in order to improve color, clarity, or stability. Want to know more about these fascinating scientific processes as they apply to gemstones? Select from the Synthetics, Simulants, & Treatments pictorial glossary below to delve into this scientific underworld of gemstones.
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