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Assembled gem

An assembled gem, also known as a composite gemstone or doublet, refers to a type of gemstone that is created by combining two or more different materials to form a single gemstone. These materials are often layered or bonded together to enhance the appearance, color, or durability of the final gemstone.

Key points about assembled gems include:

  1. Construction: Assembled gems typically consist of two distinct parts: a natural gem or a slice of genuine gemstone (the top portion) and another material (the base portion). These parts are often glued or bonded together to create a single, more visually appealing gem.
  2. Enhancement: The goal of creating an assembled gem is often to enhance the appearance of a lower-quality or thinner natural gem by adding a more valuable or colorful material. This can improve the gem’s color, clarity, and overall aesthetic appeal.
  3. Types: Some common types of assembled gems include opal doublets (a thin slice of opal glued onto a backing material), turquoise matrix (turquoise set into a backing material to provide stability), and various combinations of colored gemstones and glass or synthetic materials.
  4. Durability: Assembled gems may be more durable than their natural counterparts due to the added support of the backing material. However, they can still be susceptible to damage if not handled and cared for properly.
  5. Disclosure: Ethical practices require sellers to disclose whether a gemstone is an assembled gem, as consumers should be aware of the composition and potential differences in value compared to natural gems.
  6. Value: The value of an assembled gem depends on factors such as the quality of the natural gem and the value of the added material. While assembled gems can be visually appealing, they are generally considered less valuable than natural gemstones.
  7. Craftsmanship: Skilled craftsmanship is required to create well-made assembled gems that maintain a natural appearance and are securely bonded.
  8. Aesthetics: Assembled gems can display unique patterns, colors, and effects due to the combination of different materials. This can result in attractive and eye-catching gemstones.