Checking Gemstones For Authenticity

Checking Gemstones For Authenticity

Gemstones are such gorgeous, well…stones.  But there’s something truly special and fascinating about gemstones overall, which is probably why they’re highly sought after for jewelry purposes.  There’s such a broad range of gemstones available, and what makes them unique is they have special meanings in different cultures.  Gemstones have been used for many, many years in making jewelry and even being infused into skin care products (like one of ours!).  However, like with so many things in the world when there’s something that’s sought after there are fakes that come into the market to try to take their place.  We’re talking about tips for checking gemstones for authenticity so you’re prepared when you’re looking for gemstones yourself.

Are There Flaws?
One of the first things that experts suggest checking for when it comes to determining if gemstones are real or fake is to look for any flaws in the stones.  The thing about genuine gemstones is they will often have little flaws in them, not anything major but they won’t be PERFECT.  While gemstones that are synthetic ARE often perfect.  This can usually be one of the biggest deciding factors that actually shows the difference between a stone that’s real or synthetic.  So really, if the stone looks too perfect…it may be because it was man made.

Is It Heavy?
While you may have a gemstone, or be looking at a gemstone that’s pretty small in size another big difference between genuine and synthetic gemstones is weight.  Natural gemstones are usually heavier in weight than synthetic options.  Even if you’re just looking gemstone beads, feel the weight difference between real gemstone beads and the ones you’re checking for authenticity…if the weight is off by a lot it can be a big clue that they’re synthetic.

What’s The Temperature Of The Stone?
Ok, before you think we lost our minds here stay with us.  Another major test that you can do at home to check the authenticity of gemstones is to actually feel the warmth or coolness of the stone.  Genuine gemstones are typically cooler to the touch at first, while synthetic options are going to feel room temperature or even get warm quicker.  Experts suggest placing the stone you’re checking in a sensitive area like your upper lip to feel the difference.  It’s said that if the stone becomes warm quick, it’s synthetic, while if it takes a bit to get warm and it’s cooler at first it’s an indication that it’s genuine.

Now if you’ve done all of these tests and you’re still unsure, it could be worth taking into the experts for them to let you know whether the gemstone you’re looking at or own is in fact genuine.  There are clubs all over like the Rock and Mineral Club that have resources, as well as the Gemological Institute of America.  The good news is, often you’re able to determine the authenticity of most stones with the techniques listed above, but if you’re not sure there are  plenty of other opportunities to find out.

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