Talk:Synthetic gemstone

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This article, particularly the section on diamonds, needs to be re-evaluated and updated. There are currently two companies in the US producing gem-quality artificial diamonds in multi-carat sizes. One company, Gemesis, is based in Florida. The other, is a Boston company named Apollo.

Carbon dating[edit]

If people can make something that looks millions of years old in a few days how do we know the earth is as old as scientists say? Artificial things can be made to look billions of years old under microscopes.

Name change[edit]

Synthetic gemstones would be a more appropriate NPOV name for this article. Artificial denotes lack of value, whereas many synthetics have value. I am going to move article in near future SauliH 02:37, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Sounds good to me. --moof 07:59, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
The so-called "sophisticated synthetics" are not inexpensive, e.g., Chatham (laboratory-created) emeralds. T.E. Goodwin 01:05, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Proposed Structure for the article[edit]

I. History

II. Technology

  • Flame-Pull
  • Hydrothermal
  • Impact
  • (what technique does apollo/gemesis use?)
  • Beryl
  • pearl <--- do cultured pearls count as "synthetic"?
  • Opal

III. Commerce

  • reaction from gemological industry
  • consumer reaction
  • valuation
  • industrial uses

I'd like to see this article grow. I've read the Wired article on Gemesis and Apollo and done some pedestrian research on the web, but I'm no expert. Hopefully, the outline above can inspire people to write a section or two. :)

Wellspring 18:07, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Synthetic gemstone/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

*Expansion, Expansion, Expansion!
  • This is a head article for information regarding numerous synthetic gemstones, Manufacturers, manufacturing processes, and the culture related to natural vs synthetic
  • Synthetic diamond as a subset of Synthetic gemstone, or mere sister/related article? ie should this article cover the diamond subject?
  • For that matter - explanation of nomenclature and the debate about terminology may fit in this article - cultured diamonds/synthetic diamonds, cultured pearls?, simulant/sythetic. Fake, artificial etc etc etc?
  • Key seperation tools/methodology/equipment of gemology/mineralogy for determining natural/synthetic
SauliH 03:01, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Last edited at 03:01, 2 February 2007 (UTC). Substituted at 07:30, 30 April 2016 (UTC)