I just can't work this out why is a clear cz acceptable but a
flawless synthetic star ruby is not?
My wife who has diamonds loves cz's but not other synthetics.
I have sold natural gem quality ruby, sapphire, aquamarine,
alexandrite, zircon, sphene,ect.
My retail store over 22 years has sold just about every natural gem.
We also have an extensive collection of sterling silver with natural
and manmade gems.
There are two kinds of people, those who love beauty and those who
love fantasy. We sell the new synthetic quartz that comes in teal
blues, rasberry, hot pink, ect. Basically some colors that are
similar to true Parieba tourmaline colors. I have sold jewelry with
very nice quality true red synthetic ruby and synthetic Ceylon blue
We have no trouble selling lab created gems. The women who buy them
love them. The men are quite pleased to be able to buy something
beautiful and affordable.
Then there are people who are in fantasy that someday they will be
able to afford that perfect ruby or sapphire when the price of the
gems go up faster than the rate of pay they earn.
Most people could not pick out a man made gem or synthetic gem from
a natural gem. So it is not how it looks, it is the prejudice the
person holds against the man made gems. It will be admired until
they learn that it is "not real".
When a woman is attracted to a lab grown gem, I tell her it is man
made, and I point out that if that was a natural gem of that color,
it would be about $4000. There is little resistance to these gems
They cannot afford large natural, they can afford beautiful.
My opinion is that if you are honest and passionate about your love
of gems and jewelry, and always make full disclosure, you will make
the right connections with the people who admire what you do and
will buy them and support your effort.
I am quite sure that the people who won't buy the lab star sapphire
are not able to afford a natural one.
There is nothing to "work out". People have their preferences, it is
not logical or rational.
One last point, in this economy, you are lucky to sell any gems or
jewelry. It has been a tough go the last 2 years for my business.
Still doing repair and custom, but retail is waaaay down. I am too
old to cry and to hurt to laugh.
Richard Hart G.G.