I read the posts about this subject about natural, treated and
synthetic stones with interest. But I have to take exception with
one thing that several people said because it frankly diminishes
what some lapidary people do. That is the idea that virtually all
gemstone materials are treated somehow. That’s just wrong.
What makes it especially wrong is that there are some people who
sell stones, like me and several others I know, who concentrate on
selling the natural and even the rare. We dumb purists can be hurt
by the assertion that virually all stones are treated. It makes us
look like liars if we say ours are natural.
It can get even more complicated and difficult than that. Take green
amber for example. You can find a dark green amber all over the
place and some people even advertise it as natural. There is
virually zero green Baltic amber. However there is all kinds of dyed
green from that area, especially Poland. On the other hand natural
green amber does exist. It comes from the Dominican Republic and
Mexico and perhaps Indonesia, though even in those places it’s
extremely rare (I read in a relable source that only 2 tenths of 1
percent of all amber is a real green). But try to find this natural
green amber and your faced with the dyed stuff everywhere and try to
sell natural green amber at a price commensarate with it’s rarity
and forget it. The market is too flooded with cheap dyed material
for people to even find it.
On this subject of treatments and natural, the more we can learn and
the more we can educate, the better.
Without being too longwinded I hope, I would also like to suggest
that there are different classes of treatment and we could perhaps
point that out to customers. Yes. Many stones are heat treated. But
surely that’s quite different than dyed material or Mystic Topaz, or
diffused Padparadscha Sapphire or irradiation or numerous other
treatments that radically change the structure of the stone or
basically fake an effect. To me while all treatments should be
disclosed, some treatments like heat and even minimal radiation
happen in nature and we’re often just replacing the natural process.
Whereas others would never happen naturally and are highly
sophisticated attempts to fool people.
One other thing I notice here. No one mentioned tanzanite. I
understand that there are only a very, very few tanz’s that are
naturally blue, but like citrine just about all is heated to change
the color. I wonder how many people always disclose the treatement
in stones that are always treated.
As to the original post. I guess I’d suggest to the fellow who was
having trouble with his identity because of treatments, that you
keep your natural untreated in it’s own location and prominently
display that all the stones there are natural and and offer the
alternatives whether synthetic or radically treated as less
I just hope people give some credit to those who are trying to offer
natural stones and not sell us short.