Cross pendant with blue lab created opal
Sterling silver cross pendant with blue lab created opal inlay on an 18" sterling silver chain. Stones created in a lab are chemically, physically and optically identical to those mined underground — but they have fewer flaws, a lighter carbon footprint and cost less, too. Gemstones in jewelry are colorful, romantic and personal. They mean something different to each wearer. To some, they're badges of wealth and success — think Hollywood stars at award shows dripping with rubies or emeralds. To others, they're meaningful as birthstones, symbolic for their legendary power, or simply beloved as a favorite signature color. Yet some of these gemstones are rarer, harder to get, and quite expensive. That's why lab-created gemstones are available as alternatives. The more expensive and hard-to-find natural gems in jewelry, such as diamond (white and fancy color), sapphire (blue and other colors), emerald, ruby and opal, are favorite lab-created stones. They're not gem imitations; lab-created gemstones are the real deal. They are grown in a laboratory but are identical chemically, physically and optically to natural gems. An imitation gemstone, while also artificially made, does not follow nature’s recipe, so it’s completely different physically, chemically and optically from the natural gem it copies.