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Emerald Comparison - Natural vs. Chatham Lab-Grown

With its distinct green color, emeralds have long been held as symbols of rebirth and linked to the spring season.

Ancient Egypt is home to the first known emerald mines, and Cleopatra is the OG emerald fanatic. Claiming to be the reincarnation of the Egyptian goddess, Isis (Caesar would later erect a golden statue of Cleopatra as Isis in a Roman temple), Cleopatra’s passion for emeralds wasn’t just skin deep: she believed emeralds had healing powers, as well as properties of fertility and rebirth. (Photo of untreated Ethiopian emeralds by Robison McMurtry, courtesy of Michael Nemeth Inc.)

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While Egyptians linked emeralds with healing abilities and fertility, Ottoman sultans believed they imparted faithfulness and unchanging love on its wearer. The green gemstone was also thought to invigorate the body, calm the mind, imbue wisdom upon its wearer, and even bestow the ability to see the future. In a way, the mystical fascination with Cleopatra parallels a historical fascination of emeralds.

Click here to read more and to see if you can spot the visual differences between natural and lab-grown emerald!

Alexandrite Comparison - Natural vs. Chatham Lab-Grown

It was 1830 when the first alexandrite deposits were discovered in Russia's Ural Mountains. Found to be of fine quality and vivid in hues of red and green, mirroring that of the national military uniform of imperial Russia, the mineral was a huge hit. In fact, the gem's namesake is young Alexander II, heir apparent to the throne at the time.

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Quantities of these beauties were limited, and as such, ran out eventually. Most alexandrite minerals now come from Sri Lanka, East Africa, and Brazil, but the quality standard for this gemstone remains as it was first found long ago, in 1830.

Adapting to varying light sources/conditions, alexandrite exhibits chameleon-like qualities with a lustrous green in daylight or fluorescent light and an earthy brown to purplish red with incandescent light (from a lamp) or by candle flame...

Click here to read more and to see if you can spot the visual differences between natural and lab-grown alexandrite!

Blue Sapphire Comparison - Natural vs. Chatham Lab-Grown

Color of the skies, color of the oceans. Admirers everywhere gravitating to what they are fond of most: nature.

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The history of sapphire can be best surmised by GIA with the following words: "Traditionally, sapphire symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. It has decorated the robes of royalty and clergy members for centuries. Its extraordinary color is the standard against which other blue gems--from topaz to tanzanite--are measured." And we all can attest to this knowing which stone rocked the finger of one Princess Di.

Click here to read more and to see if you can spot the visual differences between natural and lab-grown blue sapphire! 

Ruby Comparison - Natural vs. Chatham Lab-Grown

What's the difference and which is better? Lab-Grown or Natural Ruby? 

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As mentioned in a previous blog: 5 Trending Colored Stone Choices, "Rubies have long been prized for their dark red color, with “blood-red” rubies being the most valuable. In fact, in the United States, if a ruby is not red enough, it’ll be classified as a pink sapphire. Rubies are also prized for its excellent hardness, falling behind only moissanite and diamond in that facet."

Ruby is originally known as a natural occurrence, a mined gem alongside many others of luxury such as diamond, emerald, amethyst, morganite, aquamarine, and etc. Until recently, natural gems could not be replicated in the lab, but after much R&D in gemology, they are now available on the market for those who wish to glam it up in color and reduce mining in the process!

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Let's Talk: C&C's H&A
Forever One Moissanite

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For a gem (Diamond, Moissanite, and Amora) to have an “ideal cut,” there are five main components to consider before it is qualified to be of H&A status. Optical symmetry plays a very pivotal role in how light interacts with the gem. In fact, the Pavilion Angle works in harmony with the Crown Angle to assure that all facets of a group, for example, all eight arrows of the H&A pattern emit light simultaneously in maximum amounts back to the beholder... 

Click here to visit a page we dedicated to showing you the graphic visuals and more information in regards to the newly released H&A cut Forever One Moissanite stone! Includes an exclusive direct quote from C&C!

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