Alchemical Gemstone Research


This page is about alchemy research involving the creation or production of alchemical or synthetic gemstones. This information does not constitute advice of any type nor is it intended for any specific person. Do not try this at home. Substances may be toxic or otherwise harmful. For research purposes only.  

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Synthetic rubies alchemy recipe theory. Base material aluminum oxide, colorant chromium. A furnace is needed with a hydrogen flame and a ceramic base. A small opening at the top allows alchemy ingredients to be added into the furnace while the hydrogen flame melts these materials on the ceramic base forming synthetic rubies. The difference between synthetic rubies and man made sapphires is said to be the colorant substituted. The addition of nickel instead of chromium is believed by some people to create yellow sapphires.    

Rubies and sapphires are said to be aluminum oxide crystals with trace amounts of coloring minerals added during the melting process. 

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Confused about the differences between flame fusion and flux grown rubies and sapphires? Tom Chatham, President of Chatham-Created Gems, explains the differences between flux created and flame fusion created lab-grown cultured rubies and sapphires. See photos of flux crystals vs. flame fusion boules etc.

Lab-Grown Rubies and Sapphires: Flux Vs. Flame Fusion

Synthetic emeralds are said to be chemically and structurally identical to naturally occurring emeralds except they are of higher perfection and quality since emeralds formed in nature tend to be brittle with cracks and imperfections. Emeralds theoretically form near hydrothermal vents from Beryl under tremendous heat and pressure. Chromium and vanadium are said to be colorants. Ingredient list for synthetic emeralds is rumored to be silicon, aluminum, beryllium chromium and vanadium in presence of oxygen. Beryllium is used as the seed crystal suspended on a platinum wire. Hydrochloric acid poured over the mass causes the crystals to grow. In alchemical terminology this was called imbibition.  

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