Should you Choose Natural or Synthetic Gemstones?

Did you know that a gemstone created in a lab can be classed as ‘real’ if its mineral makeup is identical to one found naturally? This means that these type of synthetic gemstone can be sold as ‘real’, if not ‘natural’.

Where does this leave you as a buyer? Well, by taking the advice from a trusted jeweller in Barkingside, you can make a decision that’s right for you.


The biggest difference between natural and synthetic gemstones is the clarity. Synthetic gemstones have been made in a controlled process, which means that they will have been made with fewer inclusions. They therefore appear to be perfect in comparison to natural gemstones.

Furthermore, synthetic gemstones can be produced with an exact colour in mind. Colours can be made to look bolder and brighter, and treating some stones (such as a titanium treated druzy) can create amazingly beautiful additional colour combinations to be added to the stone.

Therefore, if you like your jewellery to be as perfect as it can be, synthetic gemstones are your best option. However, many people like things to have a slightly raw, imperfect look. If this is the case, then go for a natural gemstone. There are some beautiful rough diamond rings available at jewellers Barkingside wide, for example!


Of course, because synthetic gemstones can be produced relatively cheaply, if you’re on a strict budget, then they may be for you. Ask your jeweller in Barkingside to show you the range of synthetic gemstones available to you.

However, you may prefer to have the prestige of a natural diamond, sapphire or ruby, in which case you might be prepared to pay more for the real deal.


Because of the way that synthetic gemstones are made, they can often be treated with the likes of resin, which means that they are more durable than natural gemstones. If you therefore work in a heavily manual profession, or need jewellery which is hardwearing, synthetic gemstones may be a better choice for you.

However, if your gemstone jewellery is only going to be worn occasionally, then why not go for natural gemstones? It also depends on the type of stone that you’re purchasing. Diamonds, for example, are one of the strongest substances on earth. But if you’re looking for a stone such as turquoise, then it may be best to buy a resin treated synthetic stone, as it will be harder wearing.

If you’re still unsure whether a synthetic or a natural gemstone is your best option, speak to your local jeweller in Barkingside. EK Jewellers’ Barkingside based customers can see a full range of both types of stones in stock at any time to help make the decision between natural and synthetic.

Posted on by Ian Tubby.