Gemstone Enhancements

The term "enhancement" is defined to be any treatment process other than cutting and polishing that improves the appearance (color/clarity/phenomena), durability, or availability of a gemstone.

Many people confuse gemstone enhancements with the terms synthetic, man-made, lab-grown or other processes which involve the creation of materials not found in the earth. Natural gemstones are those created by natural processes. Man-made, laboratory grown or synthetic materials are those created by non-natural processes. Enhancements are additional treatments performed on natural, or synthetic materials to generally improve their appearance. A natural gemstone that is enhanced is still considered a natural gemstone.

Some gemstone enhancements are less stable than others, meaning that some treatments are temporary. It is the policy of Gem Hut to sell only those gemstones whose enhancements (if any) have good to excellent stability.

All gemstones can be divided into three basic categories.

Symbols For Specific Form of Enhancement

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