Gemstones, Imitation and Synthetic







Felicia Design works with the following Types



Glass has also been used to imitate gemstones and composite stones. However, we recognize that various ornaments have been made of, or decorated with glass for example beads, bangles, finger rings, brooches, pendants and necklaces. Glass has been used for jewelry since Egypt, Roman Empire and Venice since the 11th Century. Some glass, like the Murano Glass made on the Venetian Island of Murano, leads many technologies including crystalline glass, enameled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo) and imitation gemstones made of glass. Glass is a valuable option to provide quality and value to production.


Semi-Precious Gemstones: 

Any gemstone that is not a diamond, ruby, emerald or sapphire is a semi-precious gemstone. Felicia Design does not like the term semi-precious gemstones because this term is misleading. However, this title for gemstone type, is widely used and so we use it. Semi-precious gemstones can be harder to find, more durable and cost more than precious gemstones. Some of which include pearls, garnet, peridot, amethyst, citrine, blue topaz and turquoise.


Precious Gemstones:

Precious stones are defined as visually appealing gemstones created from rocks or minerals. Often used for jewelry and fashion accents, this term was created in the mid-1800's to refer to four specific stones; diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires. All precious stones are translucent and are valued by the richness of their color, except for the diamond, which has a higher value based on being colorless.



The diamond is the most popular of all gemstones. The diamond is the highest valued precious stone, which takes millions of years to form. Diamonds are so strong, they can only be cut or polished by another diamond. Diamonds are typically colorless, but yellow, brown, green, gray, black, pink, blue, red and purple diamonds can also be found. Diamonds are measured in carats - the higher the carat weight and purity level of a stone, the more valuable the gem.


Synthetic and Artificial Gem Stones:

Synthetic gems are physically, optically and chemically identical to the natural stone, but are created in controlled conditions in a laboratory. We would like to stress, that synthetic stones are not imitations. Synthetic (lab created) corundum, including ruby and sapphire are very common and cost only a fraction of the natural stone. Whether a gemstone is natural stone or lab-created (synthetic), the physical characteristics are the same. Lab-created stones tend to have a more vivid color to them, as impurities are not present in the lab and do not modify the clarity or color of the stone, unless added intentionally for a specific purpose.