Ques: What is a Lab-Grown Emerald?
Ans: Lab-grown emerald has the same chemistry, scratch resistance, and color as natural emerald, but grown in a lab instead of the earth. Not to be confused with emerald simulants, which are things meant to look like an emerald.
Ques: Is a Lab-Grown Emerald a Real Emerald?
Ans: A lab-grown emerald is a real emerald but not a natural emerald. The methods used to create them in labs require expensive equipment. The process is slow and energy intensive, and the yield of facetable material is low.
Ques: Why are there inclusions (resembling hairline cracks) on the Emerald?
Ans: Unlike diamonds, where clarity plays a significant role in valuing a stone, inclusions are to be expected in emeralds. Indeed, they can be found in 99% of natural emeralds so if you find a stone without, chances are it’s synthetic. These inclusions create attractive patterns, making no two stones the same, which actually increases the value of the gem.