Chatham Sounds Off on Created Gems

Rob Bates's recent piece on the cultured diamond (see " 'Cultured Diamonds' Designation Ruled Illegal in Germany," JCK, January 2005, p. 38) points to Apollo Diamond as "the other company manufacturing synthetics," ignoring our leading position in this field. To date, we are producing over 1,000 cts. per month, a feat I am sure Gemesis is not anywhere near. Our company is the largest producer and seller of all created gemstones in the USA, and perhaps the world, and should be considered a source. Now to the real reason for writing: Chatham has been intimately involved in the nomenclature discussions concerning created gemstones for over 40 years. Specific powers in New York were successful in getting the FTC on Carroll Chatham's back in 1959 to force the use of the word "synthetic" on his then-emerging product, Chatham Cultured Emeralds. The same types of arguments were made then as no

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