When Natural Alexandrite Is Priced Sky High
We normally do not give prominent coverage to lab created gemstones but, lab alexandrite is an exception. There is a strong reason for this, our report will make things clear. Alexandrite is an awesome gemstone, it is rare, it is gorgeous and more importantly, it exhibits a natural phenomenon that can be seen in very few gemstones. Alexandrite has a color change property which means that, it shows a different color when viewed in daylight and artificial light. With all this goodness packed into one gemstone, alexandrite is expensive and can sometimes cost as much as a diamond. Most of the natural alexandrite gems that you come across would be in the smaller size range, they would also exhibit a color change that is weak or average. You might have guessed that, the higher the color change effect of an alexandrite, the higher the price.
We have not talked much about lab created gems, so before we get into the discussion on lab created alexandrite, it might be a good idea to talk about lab created gems. A man made gem substitute could try to achieve two things, the first is to make a stone that merely imitates the appearance of a natural gem. This would imply just an external appearance, the hardness, composition and other properties of the natural gem would generally not match that of the man made substitute. On the other hand, a lab created gemstone as the name implies, is produced in critically controlled environments in a laboratory. The technical expertise and equipment required to produce a lab alexandrite is very sophisticated and expensive. You will soon understand why such sophistication is required in the production of lab created gems.
A simple gemstone imitation as we mentioned above, requires a mere external resemblence to the natural gem that it seeks to imitate. In some cases, this imitation gem could be a simple piece of glass or resin, the color might be all through the material or just coated on the surface. When a gem is labelled as a lab gemstone, it implies that the gemstone produced would match the original in all respects including, chemical composition. Lab alexandrite would have the same color, hardness and chemical composition as natural alexandrite. You might be surprised to know that a rather, complicated testing process is required to differentiate between natural alexandrite and lab alexandrite gems.
The first paragraph on our report mentioned an amazing property of natural alexandrite namely, the color change phenomenon. If you wished to have the lab created alexandrite clone a natural alexandrite in all respects, it would be necessay for the lab created gem to show the color change property too. The fact that a lab alexandrite clones all physical and chemical properties of natural alexandrite means that, lab alexandrite does boast of the color change property too. In simple terms, a lab created alexandrite is a technical wonder - it shows the application of science to produce an object that has demand in the fashion industry. What is all the more interesting is that, most if not all lab alexandrite gems will show color change of a high degree.
Cost of lab created alexandrite is a big factor that ensures steady demand for the gem, to understand this we need to provide some price comparisons. Let us take the case of an 8mm cushion cut faceted lab alexandrite gem, the gem would have medium to high color change effect. The price of such a lab alexandrite gemstone would be in the range of 15 U.S$ to 25 U.S$ per carat. Now consider a similar gemstone but, in a natural form. Natural alexandrite gems with the above size and properties would be in the price range of 2,500 U.S$ to 4,000 U.S$ per carat. If you presumed that the weight of an 8mm cushion gem would be around 2 carats, a natural alexandrite gem could cost around 5,000 U.S$ to 8,000 U.S$ for the piece. At the same time, a lab alexandrite gem would be priced within 100 U.S$.
Despite all the good things written about lab alexandrite in the above report, there are many gem lovers who would never consider man made gems. This would be no problem if this affinity for natural gems is matched with a hefty budget but, if budget is an issue here is one suggestion. You could consider getting a jewelry design that uses a few natural alexandrite gems in smaller sizes, this would be a better idea than aiming for a large gem on a tight budget. Make sure that the natural alexandrite that you get shows a color change effect that is fairly visible. However aiming for a very start color change property on a natural alexandrite could put a big strain on your budget.
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