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A lot of different Gems I would like to learn about

Hi all and it’s great to join. As I have got quite a substantial amount of gems it would be really interesting to learn more about them. I would love to be able to tell the difference between created stones, natural stones and treated stones. Hopefully it will be a great experience. Stay safe and healthy . Phil

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Well, you need to start with a basic gemology text, maybe Matlins book, Gem ID Made Easy. Another wonderful book is Hanneman’s Affordable Gemology, which focuses on using inexpensive instruments and a lot of gem knowledge rather than a little knowledge and more expensive instruments. Some treatments are detectable and some are not and you need to learn about that. Some affect value a lot and some almost not at all. Some are accepted and some are not. As far as natural vs synthetic, some synthetics are easy to identify and others require quite a bit of experience with the gem microscope. These two books and perhaps a few others should tell you about this. Good luck! -royjohn

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