Jewelers from ancient Egypt through the present have been working to perfect the artificial gemstone and in the early 19th century they made the greatest leap forward. They were able to create a ruby in a lab that was physically, chemically and visually the same as a ruby dug from the earth. Unlike previous attempts, this ruby was not an imitation stone but a true stone.
A synthetic stone but true none-the-less. Much like a cultured pearl, created by man, but true none-the-less.
And when synthetic gemstones first came onto the market they were highly praised, not only for their beauty but also for the ability of the jeweler to match the hue of the stone when paring multiples stones. Therefore diamonds were often accented by synthetic gemstones. In fact, the majority of pieces from the Edwardian and Art Deco era that have accent rubies, or sapphires, have accent synthetic stones. This does not devalue these antique pieces; it is in fact one of the ways of ascertaining its age. It is truly of its time.
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