How to Identify a Fake Gemstone?
A beautiful natural phenomenon, gemstones have been a part of jewellery since forever. Whether it's the Mughal jewellery or even that occasional ring you love to don today, we all like to include gemstones to our collection. Adding colour to gold or silver, it adds on an elegant touch to any fine jewellery. So while gemstones make us all swoon with its colours and styles, how should we know if they are real or not? What if we're picking up an imitation without our knowledge? Don't fret! Because we're here to help. Here are some things you should keep in mind before finalizing on a gemstone for your stone jewellery:
1. It will have Flaws
A real gemstone is a natural element, and it will have flaws. Other than being mined, polished and cut as per the jewellery, there's no other interference. Whereas a synthetic or imitated gemstone will tend to look more perfect and sometimes even flawless. So make sure you're picking up the one you want!
2. It wouldn't be Cheap
If a gemstone dealer is sharing prices too good to be true, there's a possibility that it might be. Real gemstones like Rubies, Sapphires although will have varying costs as per their weight, carat and colour, it will still be on a costlier side comparatively. Meanwhile, fake / imitated gemstones will usually have a lower price.
3. The Sparkle and Shine will differ from Synthetic Stones
The shine of a real gemstone will be subtle as it's been worn down by nature. Meanwhile, a synthetic one will have a brighter shine. Although it might seem like it would be the other way around, it isn't. A natural occurrence, gemstones will also have a lesser sparkle than a synthetic one.
4. The Weight of the Gemstone will differ
Now a synthetic gemstone is usually denser than a real gem and thus, is always a little heavier. So while you're comparing gemstones, all you need to do is pick them up in your hand, and you will be able to figure out which one is real!
5. Always ask for the Gemstone Lab Report
While all these ways are easy to do and help in getting a quick understanding of gemstones, a lab report is always preferable. Every stone goes through processes, even if it's just polishing and cutting. And all of this is mentioned in the stone's report. Now some gemstones which may look real can also be a synthetic one, depending on the treatments. So make sure you get the report and consult a gemologist.
So before you finalize a purchase, make sure all of your questions are answered and more than that, make sure you do a little research of your own. And while you can always start with these simple methods, take the stone to a gemologist who can give you more insights into it!