@SpecialSundae: Realistically, we’re all paying a bunch of money for rocks >.> lol. As a child I absolutely loved rocks. I would collect them and I still have a hard time going outside, looking at the ground, finding rocks and not bringing them with me. I love them! (I’m in trouble when I see quartz crystal stands >.<)
For me, a gemstone would be any kind of polished rock used in jewelry whether nature or manmade. A lab created gem (and they do use the word gem) is still a gemstone, just not nature made but still the same chemical structure (example, a lab created aquamarine would still be considered a gemstone even though it was lab created).
Wikipedia’s (yay Wikipedia!) explanation/page for gemstone:
“A gemstone or gem (also called a precious or semi-precious stone, a fine gem, or jewel) is a piece of mineral, which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments. However certain rocks, (such as lapis lazuli) and organic materials (such as amber or jet) are not minerals, but are still used for jewelry, and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their lustre or other physical properties that have aesthetic value.”
Merriam Webster’s definition of gemstone: “a mineral or petrified material that when cut and polished can be used in jewelry”
As for why Moissanite Co, or any other moissanite vendors, call it “costume jewelry” when shipping is because of customs and safety. They have to declare the item and its value and that label goes right on the box (I know this because I send a lot of stuff to Canada lol). If they put “ring” or even “moissanite ring” on the box and then said it was let’s say $1500, the person who purchased the ring would have to pay tax on their purchased for that price. By declaring it as costume jewelry, they can say that it only cost $100. Also, if they put what it truly is on the box, someone could steal it.
“But… I find it really odd when people say that lab-grown moissanite is a gemstone from the stars. I could understand if the stone in their ring actually came from a meteorite (which would be unbelievably cool), but what is sold is a well-marketed lab-grown synthetic stone.”
The moissanite I have might not have come from a star itself, but it is a chemical structure only found in Space in meteors so it’s as close to a star as it can get. As for the marketing thing lol, moissanite is not the only gemstone that is “well-marketed.” Diamonds themselves are pressurized pieces of coal (and related to graphite which we write with) that have been marketed as the symbol of love and something a lot of women must have (not all but a lot).
Just a little riddle in the spirit of Christmas; if Santa brings you a diamond for Christmas, were you on his naughty or nice list?