Thursday, May 7, 2009

Should a Jewelry Designer Be Required to Reveal If Stones Are Real Or Synthetic?

The answer to this question has less to do with what the buyer is looking for than what the value of the stone is worth. A "real" stone has a higher value due to the rarity of the stone itself and what is involved in retrieving the stone. A "Synthetic" stone is man-made in a lab. Not only can they be made to demand, but they are also a lot easier to retrieve. Revealing from where the stone originate gives it a better since of how much it is worth.

A diamond from a mine is worth a lot more than a diamond created in a lab. Real diamonds had to be retrieved from the mine, which cost time and money as well as back-breaking sweat and tears from the miners. This causes an emotional price tag to be added to the diamonds. There are also a limited number of diamonds to mine, and it takes years upon years to make a new one. This also increases the value.

A synthetic diamond is made through a process called HPHT (High Pressure, High Temperature). According to, "they are grown in split sphere high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) crystal growth chambers that resemble washing machines. The device bathes a tiny sliver of natural diamond in molten carbon at 1500 C and 58,000 atm (5.9 GPa). This produces a rough diamond which can be cut down to a polished size close to half its original carat weight". This process only costs the price of the machinery and workers. It is also a much quicker and a large number of diamonds can be made in a matter of days to weeks.

Once a jeweler knows that the stone that is being worked with is real or synthetic, then a realistic price tag can be assigned to the stone. When jewelers can purchase a dozen stones easily, the price that is paid for the stone is much less than if there were a limited number to purchase. This is supply and demand. For a real stone that causes the price tag to be much higher than a synthetic.

The price tag versus actual value of the stone is one of the foremost facts in the decision that should be considered. For the consumer to be able to make that decision, he or she must know if the stone is real or synthetic. It is essential that all stones be labeled correctly.

Kat Sanders is Owner/Designer for Creative Pride. Creative Pride started in January of 2008 as an online chainmail and beaded jewelry store at As that business was getting off the ground, Kat found that as a way to sell my chainmail creation is was wonderful, as a way to make money, not so much. So, Kat started looking for other sources of revenue and Creative Pride went from an online store to a marketing business.

Please visit my company website: and see how my business is growing!

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