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Daily Wire Tip: Gemstone Information & Resources
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
I meet a lot of people who do not understand the difference between a lab-grown gem, which has the same crystalline structure and chemical composition as a mined gem, and a synthetic substitute such as cubic zirconia. What are your thoughts?
-Kitty in Olympia, Washington
Yes Kitty, I agree that it is important to know what you are buying, using in your work, and then selling. A customer who understands the value of your work, including the stones you use, will love wearing your jewelry even more.
In our Resource Center, we have several pages for Wire Artists to educate themselves about the materials we use. Under the heading "All About Gemstones," we have some great information for you. We have a wonderful article, An Introduction to Gemstones, about all of the differences in gemstones, including Imitation, Lab-Created, Stabilized, and Simulated Gemstones. The AGTA Enhancement Codes Chart lists different treatments and enhancements commonly used with gemstones, and the codes associated with them.
For more information about CZs, Swarovskis, crystal, check out this previous Tip of the Day: What is a Cubic Zirconia Stone?
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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