LAB GEM FAQ
Can lab gems be RARE?
Yes, some can be rare because the crystals they are cut from are rare! Lab grown crystals can be rare for many reasons. They may have been grown in a closed down factory a long time ago. They may have been the result of a failed experiment or obsoleted by another type of crystal. Some crystals may be rare because overall industry demand is small.
Are lab gems as DURABLE as natural gems?
Are lab gems PRETTY?
Do lab gems have the same CHEMICAL, PHYSICAL, and OPTICAL properties as natural gems?
Yes, although many lab gems do not have natural stone counterparts.
What is a DOPANT?
Dopants are like ingredients in a crystal recipe. When growing lab crystals, you can add dopants to the base crystal formula to affect color, fluorescence, and other optical properties
Are lab gems EXPENSIVE to produce?
Yes. In the case of some of the more proprietary crystal formulas, research and development can require a team of scientists and large up front investments. Raw materials can also cost a pretty penny!
Are the lab gems you sell SAFE?
Yes. This is a very important question. Lab grown crystals are studied extensively. There are some crystals that are very toxic, but these are well documented. We would not risk our own health cutting toxic gems (natural or lab grown) and would obviously not offer these types for sale.
The lab gems we offer all have a higher safety rating than quartz.
What is a BOULE or INGOT?
There may be a technical differences between these two words but they are often used interchangeably and in the place of an entire or large piece of a lab grown crystal. "moissanite ingot" or "flame fusion boule"
Do lab gems have the same VIBRATIONS AND ENERGY as natural gems?
You will likely have to confirm for yourself.