It is important to note the difference between synthetic and imitation. A Chatham emerald is a synthetic emerald. It is optically and chemically emerald, it is only that it is grown in a lab rather than in the earth. An imitation or simulated emerald is "made to look like" an emerald, but does not necessarily share any of the qualities of emerald.
Natural emeralds of fine quality are extremely pricey. Also, there are many natural fissures, and inclusions in a natural emerald. GIA estimates that over 90% of natural emeralds on the market are fissure filled, making them appear more valuable than they are. Natural emeralds are commonly oiled to fill the fissures, and it is vital to clean them carefully. Chatham emeralds do not have any fissures or oiling, making them more stable for everyday wear.
Lab created emeralds are much more affordable than their rare high quality cousins.
If you are looking for a green choice, the lab created emerald is perfect for you. Because the crystal formation occurs in a lab instead of Mother Earth, there is less of an environmental impact. Go green by choosing a lab grown emerald.
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