Many if not most feel that they have too many lab-produced chemical
compounds in their lives already. Obfuscate the fact that your
"stones" are man-made, and you may have a sale. Present the
synthetics without pretense as stuff concocted in a laboratory and
you may not.
Maybe we can designate Gemstone Liberal or Gemstone Conservative.
Reality sucks, but both Stuller and Rio carry synthetic and
simulants, there is an obvious reason why they both carry them.
Regardless of some of the prejudices of participants of this forum,
there are a lot of jewelry stores that sell synthetics and simulants,
that fully disclose, and that sell synthetics and simulants
apparently to people who do not have enough lab-produced chemical
compounds in their lives. My customers are not ignorant nor are they
stupid. They make choices based on knowledge and income.
Apparently I am in a cocoon here in Denver, the people here seem to
appreciate (and purchase) lab- quartz, simulated alexandrite,
synthetic ruby, emerald, sapphire, ect. not only what we have in
stock, but we actually special order what our customers request,
yes, they come in and request certain sizes or shapes.
Not everyone can afford a Rolls Royce, or a Rolex, and not that
other cars or watches are synthetic or simulants, but there is a
reality based on the relationship between disposable income, desire,
and compromise. Compromise does not mean to me that they are
settling for less, they are settling for having something they can
afford and that they appreciate.
Please remember, the value of an object is that someone will trade
dollars for that item, as that item is worth more to them than the
dollars they are spending.
There seems to be an assumption that the only way to sell synthetics
or simulants is to lie, misrepresent, be devious and/or deceptive.
Expressing personal opinions is fine, please be careful in how you
discriminate against others that are honest and ethical, follow FTC
regulations, and perform a service for their customers and are
appreciated and respected for what we do and how we do it.
I am a Graduate Gemmologist and I can live with diamonds, rare
colored gems, synthetics, and simulants. If you can't or won't, that
is fine, but please respect others who make a choice to be
Soapbox available for rent or for lease when I am not on it,