Quite a few years ago, there was the same furor about cultured pearls
vs. natural. The value wasn't there for cultured pearls because
natural pearls were rare. Few of us would argue that cultured pearls
are rare - yet we all sell them, they are truly beautiful and they
are the only reasonable option.
Aren't we on the same path with cultured or lab grown gemstones?
Certainly not rare, but definitely beautiful.
Have you tried to find the perfect natural red diamond for a client?
It would seem that there is a place for lab created gems, they are
real, and they are here. It seems arcane to argue that the only
worthwhile stones are dug out of the ground. It would be much more
relevant to have the major gem associations covering the range of
options rather than limiting their scope to a finite supply of dug
out of the ground stones.
I like both kinds, dug and grown. The pearl analogy is important.
Judy Hoch, G.G.