Was: Blue jade
The beauty of a stone consists largely in its natural coloration.
If a stone with an uninteresting color is "enhanced" with dyes, any
beauty it displays becomes an artificial one - ie -fake.
I would agree that a natural stone exhibits it’s own beauty, however
some stones come alive after treatment. Of course some stones are
artificial, but no less desirable.
I picked up a lovely topaz a while back, and it’s a beautiful deep
sky blue… obviously irradiated. It wont look terrible in a setting,
in fact it would look better that an untreated topaz, which would
usually be colourless.
So really it depends on what the customer wants or what you’re
trying to achieve.
Next year I need a black diamond. For the project the diamond needs
to be almost perfect… I could not afford a natural black diamond,
but a synthetic is on budget. Of course if I could afford a natural,
I’d buy it.
Is a synthetic a fake? Well yes and no. “Yes” Chemically it can be
the same, and can exhibit the same qualities, even flaws can be
added. “No” if you equate man-made as fake.
The smart jeweller can use whatever he’s given to produce exquisite
pieces that people want to own (imo).
Regards Charles A.