What are synthetic watch jewels made from?

When did watchmakers start using synthetic jewels?

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Rado and Century were among the first to use synthetic jewels, in the 1970s. Both even ventured into faceting them, like oversized gemstones.

What is a synthetic sapphire?

Artificial sapphire material is identical to natural sapphire, except it can be made without the flaws that are found in natural stones. The disadvantage of the Verneuil process is that the grown crystals have high internal strains.

When did they start using synthetic rubies in watches?

In around 1890 Auguste Verneuil invented a method of making synthetic or artificial rubies. These were exhibited at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1900, although Verneuil did not reveal the process by which they were made until 1902.

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