28 Apr How To Identify A Real Gemstone ?
Identify A Real Gemstone
As nowadays many people are interested in buying Gems & Jewelry, but not everyone knows how to identify whether it’s real or fake. This mainly happens in Gemstones. Many times the sellers do cheat by selling some other stone or glass in name of a particular Gemstone. So here are some tips & tricks that will help you identify whether it’s real or fake Gemstone.
Gemstone can be of these types : natural, treated, synthetic, and simulated. Also understand the different kinds of appearances a gemstone can have: transparent, translucent, and opaque.
A natural gemstone is a gift of nature, formed deep in the earth billions of years ago and brought to the surface through volcanic eruptions, water erosion, or other natural phenomena. A natural gemstone is untreated except simple cutting and polishing.
We may have seen or owned jewelry with gems labeled genuine. This is not an official term. GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is the industry’s leading gem laboratory and research center for gems. Its official terminology is “Natural-Treated.” This means the gemstone is a natural gemstone that’s been treated in some way to enhance its appearance. It was formed in the earth but is perhaps not as desirable of color & shape as some other specimens of that mineral. By heating it becomes a deeper and more desirable color, enhancing both its beauty and its value. For some gem materials, heating changes its color altogether.
1. DIY Test :- DIY test to find out if the gemstone is natural or synthetic: A natural gemstone is the one that is not man-made or produced in laboratories. Every gemstone has its synthetic counterpart, which is widely sold in the market.The synthetic gemstones are more lustrous and shine better than the real gemstones. Customers find it really difficult to identify the fake gems and end up by spending a good amount on them.
While it is beyond a person’s forte to spot the differences between the real and fake gems, there are certain DIY tests that can be helpful. The first step is to check for any inclusion on the stone with the naked eye. If you’re unable to see any inclusions with your naked eyes, then use a magnifying glass of at least 10X zoom to find out if the gemstone contains any inclusions. Also look for any mark or chipping to find out if the gemstone has been removed from a ring or jewelry. While transparent and flawless gemstones are hard to find, look for any scratches, cracks, and black spots inside the gemstone before you zero in on your purchase. You can also consult a qualified gemologist to find out if the gem is natural or not.
2. Real colour of the gem: After ascertaining the authenticity of the gemstone, the next step should be to check the colour of the gemstone. These days all the gemstones are treated to enhance its colour & beauty. The gemstone you intend to buy should have a vibrant colour and should be eye-pleasing. To determine if this is the case, look at it from under a magnifying lens to see if the stone has an unusual opacity and colour concentrations.
3. Hardness : Another way to find out is by checking hardness, most real gemstones are extremely hard gemstones and cannot be scratched easily. Hardness scale of every gemstone is different, we can check hardness scale of a particular gemstone through google & hardness is measured under the scale of 10 for example tourmaline hardness is measured at 7-7.5, so if a stone has scratches on it, it cannot be a tourmaline because it is extremely hard to be scratched.
4. Credibility of a seller: Finding the right gemstone can be difficult. The first step is to find a credible seller, who can educate you about your gemstone and help you find the quality, cut, and type of gemstone for your needs & also provide you genuine gem with proper certificates.
5. Pay as per transparency: Once the above points are finalized, you should now look for the transparency of the gemstone. The more transparent a gemstone the higher is its value. But beware, the transparency should be natural and not created by heating, metal filling or glass filling in it. An enhancement made in gems, which is greatly prevalent today, makes the gem ineffective & thus making it a man made gemstone.
These are some ways by which we can identify whether its a real or fake gemstone.