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Synthetic, Lab Grown and Simulated Gemstones - What is the difference?

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Here on the internet it is very common to see the terms synthetic, lab grown, lab created and simulated used interchangeably.  So what is the difference?  According to the Federal Trade Commission, the terms synthetic, lab grown and lab created should only be used to define gemstones that share virtually all chemical, optical, and physical characteristics of its natural mineral counterpart. The Federal Trade Commission requires that any gem material produced in a laboratory be described in a way that leaves no doubt that is not a naturally mined gemstone.  Simulated is the term used to define stones that look like...

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