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WHAT IS A "SIMULATED" GEMSTONE?

A simulated gemstone is any stone which is being sold as something it is not. It can be made of a number of different materials, including glass, plastic, and, oddly enough, other synthetic or natural gemstones.

Simulated Gemstones make wonderful gifts, but so do flowers delivered overnight! Click here to see more about flowers delivered overnight.For example, Alexandrites are often simulated by using lab-created color change sapphires. Natural zircon can be used to simulate diamonds or topaz. Simulated opals can be made of glass or plastic. Synthetic spinels can simulate many stones, as they come in so many colors. And many stones can be simulated by fusing layers of materials together into what are called doublets and triplets. Doublets and triplets can contain the actual gemstone as the top layer, fused to some other material which makes up the bulk of the stone. They require careful examination by a trained eye to detect.

While most simulated stones are more commonly found in costume jewelry, some are out there passing themselves off as the real thing. When buying in large quantities, even a good jeweler can get burned if someone down the chain has "salted" the lot of stones with a few simulated stones. However, it is fairly easy for a jeweler to tell the difference using common sense, magnification or gemological tests once he examines a stone carefully. Our rule of thumb is, if you are buying a nice sized stone for hundreds or thousands of dollars from a jeweler you don't know, ask him or her to explain synthetics and stimulants to you, and to show you why he knows your stone is natural. Get a money-back guarantee. But buying from a source you know and trust is always the best bet.

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