NEW YORK, USA – Gemolological Science International (GSI) findings, show undisclosed synthetic sapphires. The lab-grown melee was submitted as natural white sapphire, to the New York based lab. As part of the identification process in lab testing, each gemstone is thoroughly examined.

Consequently, there is not enough Botox in the world to hide our scrunched foreheads and furrowed brows. I had a sense of deja vu scrolling through the archive, as it was less than a week since this was published. The undisclosed submissions happen in labs across the world, from Antwerp to New York. Which begs the question: are more synthetics being submitted, or is technology improving enormously so there is a positive correlation? The more technology improves, the more synthetics (submitted as natural) are detected.

The lack of transparency has happened in the past with lab-grown diamonds and moissanite, submitted as natural diamonds. Check this out from 1997, winter edition. Fast forward to this, from 2017 winter edition. Twenty years later and it is still the same. This doesn’t seem like a long time, in an industry where we study, trade and enjoy gems that take billions of years to form. Yet I’m hopeful for further advances in the next 20 years.