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Colored stones: an ethical puzzle in the process of improvement


The traceability of these gems and their treatment are two complex subjects. Professionals are mobilizing to impose more transparency in a chain that has many players.

You have to see the pride and the light in the eyes of a specialist in high jewelry presenting a beautiful ring or a spectacular necklace, and who specifies - icing on the cake - that such a sapphire is "unheated" or such an emerald "



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A way of emphasizing, among connoisseurs, that they are of remarkable value and rarity.

Today, as treatments for colored stones become more widespread and perfected, they are arousing more and more mistrust and controversy.

"The key point is to honestly inform the client, not to hide the improvement operations carried out",

specifies a former trader who has always fought in this direction.

Exactly what the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), one of the most reputable gemological laboratories in the world, explains in clear terms:

"Failure to declare a treatment can cause a person to believe that a stone has a natural quality higher and therefore a higher value than the reality



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Source: lefigaro

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