Genuine Chatham Gems
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Chatham Alexandrite Round Cut in Grade GEM
This beautiful very popular genuine Chatham Created Alexandrite in a traditional round cut gemstone in Grade GEM displays a dramatic 100% color change from a vibrant tealish green color in daylight and a pinkish purple color in incandescent light in a dark tone (as image shows) which mimics the finest Alexandrite for a fraction of the cost of mined genuine Alexandrite. To see the full effect of the color change, one must place the gem in the proper lighting conditions. Chatham created gemstones mimic their mined gemstones in all respects, appearance, refractive index, optical characteristics, hardness and all other physical properties. It is the finest grade that Chatham offers. It has been faceted to a very high professional lapidary standard and has a very good make, polish and symmetry. It has a clarity rating of Eye Clean Plus (VS), meaning that it can have very minute inclusions that can only be seen with the aid of a microscope. All Chatham Created gemstones are accompanied by a Chatham issued guarantee of authenticity and guarantees the gemstone against defects in the manufacturing process for the lifetime of the gemstone. Chatham gemstones have not undergone any treatment process.
NOTE: Be sure to select the RIGHT gemstone/diamond by millimeter size only. Selecting your gemstone/diamond by carat weight is NOT ACCURATE. The best way to select the right size gemstone/diamond is to use our size chart image or consult with a local jeweler to measure your setting or gemstone
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Chatham Gemstones - From Humble Beginnings Ė The Unique Discovery of Lab Grown Chatham Gemstones
The renowned Chatham gemstone has its roots in a San Francisco garage occupied by a 12 year old chemistry buff in the 1920s. Carroll Chatham was always drawn to scientific experimentation and as a young boy he set up a lab in his parentís garage, creating home-made smoke bombs and fireworks for fun. He later became interested in gemstones and replicated some of Henri Moissonís 1890 failed diamond
creation experiments. After an explosion shook his entire neighborhood resulted from the immense pressure being used, Chatham turned his attention to Emeralds
as crystal formation requires less pressure. When he left home for college, his father serendipitously pulled the power plug on the science project which enabled Emeralds to form in the crucible. After three years of trying to understand exactly how the Emerald
crystals had grown, he realized that by duplicating the conditions deep within the Earth, with the proper temperatures, pressures and chemical solutions, that his laboratory was capable of actually growing gems. In 1938, after many years of research and determination, Carroll F. Chatham, a self-taught scientist in California, had finally discovered the secret of growing gems. A discovery so unique, it remains a carefully guarded family secret to this day.
Are Chatham Created Gemstones Real or Imitation?
Chatham Create gems are 100% real gemstones. Just as cultured pearls are formed in a controlled environment that replicates the natural process, so too Chatham gemstones created in a laboratory are just as real as naturally occurring gems. By precisely manipulating chemical and environmental factors with special computers, the crystals are left to grow of the course of about a year. These gemstones possess the same physical, chemical, spectral and optical qualities of mined gems at a fraction of the cost.
Amazing Man-Made Gems Ė Superior to Mined Gemstone
Chatham Synthetic Gems are so remarkable because in the controlled laboratory environment Chatham is able to produce stones that are perfect in color and clarity. Using advanced technology, the Chatham lab eliminates foreign materials that occur naturally in the earth from their starting chemicals therefore the synthetic gems are without the unsightly inclusions that so often mar a wild gemís beauty. In a way, man-made gems offer superior beauty at a much lower cost. Just think of the stunning gemstone jewelry you can create with these gorgeous man-made gems.
Reasons to Buy Synthetic Chatham Gemstones
With a commitment to the highest standard of quality and service and a long term history of achievement and presence in the find jewelry industry, Chatham synthetic gems are truly the best choice. Not only are they identical chemical, optical, and physical characteristics to their mined equivalents, but they are also the most beautiful gemstones at a fraction of the prices of their natural counterparts. These lab grown gemstones are never treated, colors are permanent, and part of the growth process. Plus, Chatham Gemstones are the only gemstones covered by a lifetime warranty.
News Articles About Chatham Created Gems
1948 Newspaper Article - "Synthetic Emeralds Grown By Youthful S.F. Scientist"
Chatham Company Profile - Southern Jeweler Article