These are gemstones that made in lab, but they consist of
like the natural gemstone.
In the trade or in websites you may hear names like these
All the names above are talk about synthetic gemstones
Selling a synthetic gemstone is not a problem; all you need to do is to inform the buyer that what you are selling is not a natural gemstone but a synthetic gemstone.
Another thing that should be considered as a seller is that, when you are selling say ruby which is synthetic, then you should call it synthetic ruby. Whenever you are selling synthetic gemstone, you should always remember to call it synthetic gemstone. For instance,if it is a lab made sapphire, call it synthetic sapphire likewise if is a manmade spinel call it synthetic spinel.
How to identify if a gemstone is natural or synthetic?
1. Send your gemstone to thegem lab. Nowadays technology has advanced some of gemstones you cannot identify them easily; therefore it is important to take them to a gemologist who has modern tools for the job.
2. By using microscope you can identify the gemstone whether is natural or synthetic, by looking for Inclusions that can help separate natural or synthetic gemstones.
3. The loupe is kind of magnifier like microscope but this is most convenient, affordable around USD 10 you can buy it, small and portable. You can carry a loupe in your pocket or purse, or wear it on a chain around your neck. You can detect synthetic or natural gemstones by using a loupe for checking the inclusions that stone has. But a word of caution this is for the experienced in using loupe, when used by someone with an experienced eye, a loupe is very accurate and It takes practice to handle and use a loupe effectively. If you don’t know how to use loupe please go and learn how to use it.
Two types of Loupes
a) Hand loupes
Hand loupes are held in one hand for viewing the stones
b) Eye loupes
Eye loupes are either held in the eye socket or attached to eyeglasses.
Most gemologists, gem professionals, industry organizations, and government agencies agree that 10X magnification is the standard for using. 10X means that the item being viewed is magnified ten times. It’s sometimes called 10-power.
10X is the standard for gemstone using, loupes are available in a variety of magnificationsfrom 4X to 30X. Make sure you use loupe that its minimum magnifications is 10x