Entertainment Fashion & Style Fake Gemstones What's a Gemstone Composite, Doublet or Triplet? Share PINTEREST Email Print Fashion & Style Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Carly Wickell East Carolina University The Evergreen State College University of Washington Carly Wickell is a writer and jewelry expert. She has a special interest in vintage jewelry. She contributed to The Spruce for over 11 years. our editorial process Carly Wickell Updated April 13, 2018 Call them what you like: faux, fake, imitations or simulated gems -- they all have one thing in common, they can look just like the real thing, but do not have any of the physical characteristics of the natural or synthetic gemstone they are meant to represent. Materials Used to Make Faux Gemstones Two diamond simulants are popular, cubic zirconia and synthetic moissanite. Both are affordable and durable materials that are created in a laboratory. What's a Composite Gemstone? Composite gemstonesOpal Doublets are composite stones made with a large, inexpensive chunk of material, sometimes an inexpensive mineral, that's topped by a thin slice of the gemstone it's meant to represent. The division usually isn't obvious until you look at the piece under magnification. One type of doublet is assembled by sandwiching a colored bonding agent between two clear, inexpensive stones -- the added hue makes it look like a colored gemstone. Triplets are composites that are assembled in three parts instead of two. Creative Gemstone Names Can be a Warning Sign OrientalAmericanAustralianmisleading gemstone names Stabilized and Reconstituted Gems Stabilization is accomplished by using pressure to force a bonding-type of product into turquoise that would otherwise be too soft and chalky to use.Reconstituted stones are made by mixing powders of the real thing with a binding agent. Stones are formed from the mix, which is often made from other ingredients -- not just the gem.Coloring agents are often added to enhance the colors of stabilized and reconstituted turquoise. Because turquoise can be fairly fragile, it isn't uncommon to see thin slices of the gem backed with a material that will make jewelry more durable. Faux gems can be a very good option for buyers, because they give us an inexpensive way to wear colorful, lush-looking jewelry without the hefty price tag that comes with the real thing. There's no reason to avoid faux gems -- what you do want to avoid is paying too much for misrepresented jewelry. Enhancing the Appearance of a Genuine Gem real gemstone Savvy Jewelry Shopping how to use a jewelry loupe . Ask questions when you shop. It won't make you an overnight pro, but in time it will help you become a more savvy shopper.