Synthetic gems vary in color from the brilliant green of the emerald through the array of colors. Between these you will find the blue of aquamarine, morganite’s pink and the yellow of the heliodor. Because the methods for production are expensive and slow, emeralds are the only type of these stones that are created commercially. An emerald’s market value may be as small as roughly ten or fifteen percent of the price of a natural stone. Lab created emerald rings combine the beauty of a real stone with the price of a simulation!
One of the methods used to produce synthetic emeralds is by creating a mixture of two elements that act together as a melt. Tiny pieces of beryl inside the melt will float in the middle and act like seeds for the formation and growth of emeralds.
Emeralds can also be made using hydrothermal methods, which dissolve the elements needed and then bind them together as crystals of emerald. It’s easy to see that creating emeralds is not a hobby, it’s a business.
To determine whether an emerald is genuine or synthetic, you can study its luminescence. This is a supplementary test, since most of the natural emeralds found are inert when exposed to ultraviolet light. This test is not fool-proof, since some synthetic emeralds are also insert to ultraviolet light.
Sometimes synthetic emeralds are called created diamonds, since their gemological and chemical composition are roughly the same. The Federal Trade Commission of the United States has set strict guidelines pertaining
to what types of stone can and can’t be called synthetic. They have said that it’s deceptive and unfair to call these emeralds laboratory-created or laboratory-grown, or synthetic, unless the created gemstone has the same chemical, physical and optical properties as the actual stone. To learn more about how simulated gems of all types are graded, click here.
The color of emeralds is divided into three components, these being tone, saturation and hue. Synthetic emeralds often share much of these in common with naturally created emeralds. Although the hues range from blue green to yellow green, the primary color of all emeralds must be green.