Another Synthetic Emerald

A new hydrothermally grown emerald has entered the market. The Tairus Created Emerald is similar to a product made by the manufacturer in Australia, the Byron synthetic emerald. Scientists at Tairus’s four-story, 50,000-square-foot research facility and production plant in Novosibirsk, Russia, began working on the synthetic emerald project in 1998. The hydrothermal method is a process in which emerald constituents are placed into a high-pressure chamber filled with solution. The solution then precipitates onto a seed plate of beryl to aid in the growth of the material. As a synthetic, the new Tairus Emerald has the same basic gemological and chemical properties of natural emeralds. However, the bluish-green stone gets its color from trace amounts of vanadium and copper. (Natural emeralds owe their colors to vanadium, iron, and chromium.) According to the authors of a May 2006 art
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