FAQ: What is the difference between Synthetic and Simulated?

Lauren Thomann is an antique jewelry appraiser specializing in Victorian to Mid-Century pieces and antique engagement rings. With 16 years of experience and education from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), she loves to share her passion for sparkly heirlooms. In addition, Lauren is a freelance writer and editor. Click the link to learn more about her work.
What is the difference between synthetic and simulated

Contrary to popular belief, both synthetic and simulated stones have been appearing in jewelry for a hundreds of years.  It may be difficult to imagine such a remarkable technology existing by candlelight and horse-drawn buggies… but it did!

So here is the difference, simply put. When something is described as Synthetic, it means that the stone was lab grown and contains a specific chemical composition of a gemstone. There are various methods for creating these stones, and they are less valuable than natural material but more valuable than simulated material.

Simulated stones are composed of glass or crystal.

Both types of stones are used widely in the 1920’s and 1930’s as well as throughout the Victorian era. Their value as a whole is greater than their modern counterparts.




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