Coloured Precious Stones: Natural Or Synthetic?

Have you been thinking of treating yourself with a coloured precious stone? There are a few factors that you need to be aware of before doing that. Coloured precious stones can be identified as the new trend in the designing of intricate ornamental pieces. The options are so many and the market is a highly […]

Have you been thinking of treating yourself with a coloured precious stone? There are a few factors that you need to be aware of before doing that. Coloured precious stones can be identified as the new trend in the designing of intricate ornamental pieces. The options are so many and the market is a highly competitive one.  There are naturally coloured stones while there are also synthetic ones. Whether you are treating yourself or a loved one, you need to consider the following factors before spending.

Natural coloured precious stones

The stones which are found coloured in nature are extremely rare and also incredibly expensive. There can be three methods of these stones forming naturally. When an external element is imbued into the carbon, when pressure and its compression causes reddish, purple or pink tones and when deep-earth radiation brings about greenish blue colours in a stone. The most expensive natural colours in the market are red, green and purple because they are quite hard to come across. It is reported, that there are only about six red, high quality gems for sale which are of natural formation in the market and obviously they all come with staggering price tags.

Synthetic coloured precious stones

Laboratories have come up with techniques where they can make synthetic precious stones with colours. There are quite a few ways of accomplishing this. A certain amount of these stones are absolutely man-made. This means that they were created completely in a laboratory in a way which will display the qualities of a natural stone. These stones too have been made out of carbon like it happens in nature. The biggest difference is that while it takes many thousand years in natural state for these precious stones to be formed, the entire process can be capped at a few weeks inside a laboratory. Only the best technical gadgets will be able to tell these synthetic stones apart from the real deal. This is also why, you should ideally approach a reputed dealer to buy diamonds rings collection or any other piece, and ask for the certification as well.

Irradiation

This is a process in which an actually natural yet unattractive precious stone is given an attractive colour. In this process, carried out in a laboratory, the precious stone is allowed to come into exposure with strong radiation that will eventually alter the positioning of atoms within the formerly unattractive stone, giving it a different tone and much more appeal.

Why are synthetic stones more appealing?

The man-made stones are attractive to the novice buyer because the colour is very evenly spread and the price is much lower compared to an all-natural piece. However, to the seasoned buyer, these stones are of no interest and definitely cannot be resold. The best way to avoid getting scammed is to purchase with certification from a reputed dealer and to ensure that the certification contains details of the origin and the natural source of the colour in the precious stone. So make sure that you buy wisely!