Gemstone Q and A
This jewelry making Q&A will answer your questions about gemstones and cover topics such as simulated gemstones, natural gemstones, opalized stones, dyed stones and more!
1. What is a synthetic semi-precious stone?
Synthetic gemstones have the same properties as natural gems, but they are created in a laboratory. Simulated stones appear similar to natural gemstones but have different properties.
2. Are semi-precious stone beads dyed, enhanced or stabilized?
Almost all semi-precious stone beads are somehow altered to enhance their natural colors. Fusion Beads carries only high-quality, semi-precious stone beads that will not bleed or fade.
3. What is opalized glass?
Opalized glass is glass, not a naturally occurring stone. The glass is opalized by injecting a substance that creates a cloudy, iridescent effect. Some beads look slightly cloudier than others, giving each strand a natural look. It resembles a natural stone so much that we like to think of it as part of the semi-precious family when designing jewelry.