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Stone Treatments according to Dakota Stones (photo also from Dakota Stones)

The following is directly from: This information is used with permission giving Dakota Stones credit for great information on Treatments of Stones to enhance color, shape and durability. Natural A stone that has had no treatment other than cutting, drilling and polishing. Man-Made Gemstones created by artificial means in a laboratory, many times to simulate a natural stone's characteristics. Heated The stones are subjected to the use of heat to alter color or increase clarity. Heating can also be used to lighten or darken a stone. Dyed Stones are treated with a dye to alter or enhance their color. Composite The creation of a gemstone by assembling and cementing several materials together. Stabilized Stones undergo a process that involves putting them...

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