Chinese Synthetics: The Anonymous Crowd

Market-driven crystal growers in China produce a wide variety of synthetic gems. But they're avoiding "luxury" synthetic gems - for now Most of us know that many products are manufactured in China very inexpensively. However, few in the trade know China produces large numbers of synthetic gems. Except through an occasional mention in a trade magazine or technical journal, it's hard to fathom the quality and quantity of China's synthetic gem production. Perhaps it's because none of the gems grown in China bears a recognizable name, unlike the "Chathams" from the U.S. or the "Birons" from Australia. Maybe then it's appropriate to call this production the anonymous crowd. Scientists have long known that China grows crystals and that some of their colleagues there are among the best in the world. In fact, some high-quality optical crystals are produced industrially only in China. And i

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