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Lab Gem History

The articles cited here about lab gemstones are all open source and chronologically sorted for quick and easy access. We hope this resource is useful for the consumer, collector, lapidary, gemology student, gemologist, natural stone dealer and anyone else interested in the history of lab gemstones.

Each article comes from either the Journal of Gemmology (JofG) or Gems and Gemmology (G&G) archives. 

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Chronology

The images below are taken from the 1997 article: "The Chronology of Synthetic Gemstones" by Kurt Nassau, and show the historical timeline of man made gems. 

Surveys
Period Surveys
Emerald and Beryl
Beryl
Ruby and Sapphire
Corundum
Alexandrite
Alexandrite
Spinel
Spinel
Quartz
Quartz
Opal
Opal
Diamond Imitations
Diamon Imitations
Others
Others
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