Nomenclature Controversy After years of arguing over nomenclature issues and spending millions of dollars in advertising to remedy negative impressions, I have concluded that the biggest problem the created gemstone producers have in this industry are journalists who refuse to report in an accurate and unbiased manner. I have just finished reading “Gemology’s Outer Limits” (JCK, June 1999, p. 126) by Rob Bates. I tried to help Rob before the story was written, and he ignored my input. He also did not accurately quote me or follow recognized gemological definitions. It is no wonder our industry is filled with nomenclature problems when reporters use words and phrases because they sound good but are misleading. I refer to the word “annealing.” I corrected Rob before he wrote the piece, and I corrected him after. Who came up with the word annealing? Rob said it was De Beers.

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