How to check if Gemstone is Real?

Gemstones are rare, precious and beautiful and thus come at very high price. But due to less awareness, one might end-up buying Synthetic or Fake gemstone. Gemstones are used for astrological as well as Jewelry purposes. High Value, increasing demand and scarcity of Gemstones offers an opportunity for fraudulent Dealers to supply synthetic, Fake Gemstones and Treated Stones.
Lack of awareness also leads to buying a fake gemstone at a very price of Real one. It leads us to explore Internet to find DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Tests to check the authenticity of a Gemstone.

Is there any DIY test to identify if Gemstone is real or not?

NO. There is no reliable DIY test to identify the real gemstone from the fake ones. The Internet is filled with so many articles suggesting such tests.
Some of these articles even suggest some baseless tests like ‘soaking the gemstone overnight in Milk and authenticity is judged on change of color of milk’ etc etc.  Most of such baseless tests featured in random articles are myths. These tests are only to misguide the customers. Generally, un-informed astrologers and Pundits propagate such myths like “always buy 100% clean and clear gemstones”. But they are not informed that most natural gemstones have Natural inclusions as their birth marks. 100% Clear, Transparent and Flawless Gemstones are extremely rare and so very expensive beyond the reach of a common man. Ideally a Gemstone should not have surface cracks, cavities, scratches and big black spots inside. It is reliable to consult a qualified Gemologist before you buy any Gemstone. Gemologist is a professional in Gemstones who can identify Gemstones, differentiate Natural from Synthetic. Shubh Gems is run by Gemstone Experts who test all gemstones carefully before selling to customers.

Are all DIY Test in-effective?

Some DIY tests are based on Pure facts. For Example; testing the density through heft, just by feeling the heaviness of the stone.  A Sapphire should be nearly 4 times as heavy as Water. Although this method is fine, but lot of practice is required to finally reach a conclusion. How can you accurately judge that whether the stone is around 4 times heavier than water, without using Lab-instruments?

Therefore, It requires a sophisticated Laboratory set-up to test a Gemstone. Several other Parameters are checked to ascertain the Gemstone and its authenticity.

What should you check while buying a Gemstone?

  • The Scientific Name of the Gemstone (not the local trade name)
  • Is the Gemstone Natural or Synthetic (Man- Made)?
  • Is there any Treatment in Gemstone?

Many a times, gemstones are sold by their local trade name, which creates a lot of confusion. For Example, Sunela is a generalized trade name for Topaz and Citrine. Topaz & Citrine are often confused with each other and both referred as ‘Sunela’ out of confusion. Topaz and Citrine might look similar but they are different stones and so is their price. So, its better to refer a gemstone by its scientific name than local trade name as it can lead buying a wrong gemstone out of utter confusion.

What are Synthetic Gemstones? 

Today, All Natural Gemstones have their synthetic counterparts. Man has been successful in creating most the gemstones in the Laboratory under controlled conditions. It took few million years to from one Natural gemstone under uncontrolled Natural conditions, but it takes just few hours to create Synthetic Gemstone. Synthetic Gemstones have same Physical, Optical & Chemical Properties as their Natural Counterparts. Therefore, it requires intensive testing to differentiate Natural and it’s Synthetic. Synthetic Stones are much cheaper than Natural ones.

What are Gemstone Treatments?

Gemstones are often treated to improve their Appearance (Color, Clarity, Texture, Finish, and Optical Phenomenon) and thus higher price. Many a times, such critical information is hidden from the customer to get the more price than actual. It is important to detect such treatments and disclose it to the customer. A trained Gemologist can detect such Treatments in Gemstone.

Where to buy a Genuine Gemstone?

Always ask for Laboratory Report when you buy a Gemstone. Report should clearly mention the Authenticity of the gemstone and Treatments (if any).

Shubh Gems deal in Lab-certified Natural & Untreated Gemstones. All the important information about the gemstone is shared with the customer. At Shubh Gems, you can buy 100% Pure, Natural and Lab-certified gemstones with expert guidance & support.

3 Comments

  • Bruce 28/04/2017 at 10:52 pm

    I will be in Delhi on May 17th and 18th and wanted to know if you offer wholesale pricing and if so, what are your terms or conditions. Looking manly for gemstone beads.

    Thanks You

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  • Keshav 25/09/2017 at 5:28 pm

    Can i know price of 5-8 carat blue sapphire and 5-8 carat of white pearl..can u provide me these stone

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  • parveen bansal 11/10/2017 at 4:10 am

    9990464017 i am a new person for gem stone business. want to take experiences after discussing with all sellers as well as buyers.. interested in this business..

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