Many buyers are specifically looking for jewelry with a certain gem. Someone believes in the magical or healing properties of this stone, others select the insert “according to the horoscope”. And all of us at the sight of the word “pomegranate” or “turquoise” on the product tag immediately imagine the mineral extracted in the bowels of the earth, which has been processed, cut and inserted into the ringlet, which we are trying on right now. However, in practice, most stones go through additional processing steps, which are called “refining”. Most often, this is heating or irradiation, as a result of which the color of the stone can change drastically or intensify (for more details on the refinement of precious stones). For example, experts estimate the amount of turquoise imitations in the market from 80 to 95% (for more details, see the article on turquoise mining).
A lot of stones that fall into retail are not natural and are “synthesized” (grown with the preservation of the structure of natural stone) in production (for more information about synthetic stones). A clear advantage of all these manipulations are a more attractive appearance of products, and an acceptable price. The downside is the fact that manufacturers and retailers do not inform us about how the insert was obtained. There is no information on the tag about how the stone was “improved”. In the best case, it can be stated that it is synthetic (by the way, it will soon indicate that the unnatural origin of the stone on the tags is bound by the law).
The way out in this situation we see the following. If the natural origin of the stone in the decoration is extremely important to you, then it is better to buy it separately and order the manufacture of the decoration in the workshop. You can also buy the finished product directly from the master who made it (for example, at the jewelry exhibition). The rest of the buyers, we would advise to pay attention to the aesthetic properties of the entire product, including the insert - and buy, if you like.