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All-Natural Isn’t Always Best

I’m excited to write about this topic. I am fascinated by gemstones, their beauty, brilliance, and color. I am attracted to the vivid colors and amazed by how the stones obtained them. I’m sure some of you have heard about mined stones, lab-created stones, or cubic zirconia and you may be confused about the difference between them. So, I’m here to help you out!

Let’s start with natural stones, or should we call them mined stones. A mined gemstone is formed and found in the depths of the Earth’s crust, 3 to 25 miles below the surface. Temperature, time, space, and synthesis are how they come about. The process of explosive eruption, erosion, and weathering push the stones closer to the surface where they can be discovered.


There are many different ways gems are mined. All of them are very delicate and tedious and very time consuming. Mining stones has caused quite a controversy due to the safety of the miners and the ethical issues that comes with with those safety risks. Then the raw gemstone must be inspected for flaws (almost all natural gemstones have them), cut by a lapidary or stone cutter, then it is then precision cut and polished — and there you have the short version of mined gemstone. Time equals expense.


So, is a lab-created gemstone “real”? Yes. It is real. Lab-created gemstones are just that, gemstones created in a lab, made with the same compositions as natural, mined gems. You can buy lab-created diamonds, and most colored gemstones. They are chemically identical to gems made deep in the earth. They are created the same way, under heat and pressure, but only in weeks to months rather than billions of years.


By being created in a controlled lab, they don’t have the other elements to create flaws. So,  they are pretty perfect (pun intended)! Even better — the price. They are a fraction of the cost of mined stones.


A new lab-created stone is moissanite. Moissanite is a beautiful, clear gemstone created mainly in the lab due to the fact it is exceedingly rare. Moissanite is much like a diamond. A diamond is the the hardest mineral on earth, a 10 on the Mohs harness scale. Mosisanite follows behind closely with a 9.25 on the scale, above sapphires and rubies. It has a higher refectory index, so it has more sparkle than a diamond. It has a variety of hues ranging from colorless to yellow hue (like a lot of natural diamonds). A moissanite can cost up to 90 percent less than a mined, natural diamond.


In more than just appearance, gemstones are beautiful. I think flaws can give them character, and I appreciate the billions of years it takes to make them. I appreciate the brilliance of moissanite and the affordability of a gorgeous stone, when choosing a gemstone, look at lab created and natural, and choose the stone that looks the best to you and best fits in your price range.

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