How to find out if your gemstone is genuine
Natural stones are a unique creation of nature because every stone is unique and beautiful in its way. Unfortunately, the high demand for stones has led to the fact that people have begun to sell fake and synthesized minerals. Sometimes they are even externally difficult to distinguish from the real ones, and these stones do not have any medicinal or magical properties. How to find out if your gemstone is genuine? We will tell you about that in this article.
Each stone is a unique creation of nature, endowed with a large number of properties and auspicious energy. Using minerals, studying their influence on yourself is a long and interesting process, filled with mysteries and discoveries.
NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC MINERALS
The first thing to know before choosing a stone is the terminology, which people often get confused about. Let's look at four key concepts:
Natural minerals are those minerals that are created by nature without any human involvement. Such minerals have been formed over thousands of years and have absorbed the power of our planet. Natural stones are highly valued all over the world, and some of them are considered very rare.
Processed natural stones are the same natural stones, but altered by humans in addition to cutting and polishing. For example, heating the stone to enhance or change color, irradiation, or impregnation with oil. This treatment is not always a bad thing; sometimes it is necessary to make a stone look attractive and bright. For example, sapphires and rubies are often treated with heat to make them richer in color. Emeralds, on the other hand, are usually coated with oil.
Synthetic minerals are minerals that are made by people in laboratories. The physical properties of such stones do not differ from those of natural ones, but they lack the important healing and metaphysical properties that natural minerals are so loved for. There are also imitations, such as glass instead of natural quartz.
You should be very careful when purchasing minerals in order not to be deceived by unscrupulous sellers. In the following, we will tell you the effective ways to check if the stone in front of you is natural.
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Method 1 - Temperature
This is one of the most famous ways to test a mineral for naturalness. Take a stone and squeeze it in the palm of your hand. You can also put the stone on your cheek. A natural stone will not heat up for a long time, but a fake one will be warm at once.
Method 2 - Switch-on test
Try to look closely at the stone. A natural stone usually has inclusions such as streaks, spots, and small bubbles. This is considered the norm and is quite acceptable for natural stones. These inclusions demonstrate the natural origins of the mineral and its link with nature.
A synthetic or fake stone will not have any inclusions; it will look perfect. As soon as you see a flawless stone, especially a big one, you should think about its origin. It is worth noting that synthetic stones often have air bubbles inside. You can tell them apart by this sign. But beware, sometimes even natural stones may have such inclusions.
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Method 3 - Color and Shine
Non-natural stones usually have a more pronounced color, they are bright, and there is nothing wrong with them, except that they are not real. Always look at the color of each stone. Before buying, look at pictures of natural stones to have an idea of what color the stone should be.
The shine of the mineral can also signal a fake. Non-natural stones often have a more pronounced luster.
Method 4 - Weight
A good way to check a stone is to compare its weight to a fake one. To do this, you will need to find a fake stone, take it in one hand and the one you want to buy in the other. The fake stone will be a bit lighter, and you will feel it. You can also use a scale to measure it more accurately.
Method 5 - Sound
This method also requires a tested stone and a glass or fake stone. Knock on these stones and compare the sound. A natural stone is characterized by a muffled sound.
Method 6 - Checking with ultraviolet
An effective way to test a mineral is to check it with UV light. A manicure lamp, a special flashlight, or other devices with UV light may work. It is necessary to direct a beam of light at the stone and look at the color change. Here are some examples:
• Sapphires will be purple.
• Alexandrite will be a dark red color.
• Diamond will have a blue hue.
• Topaz will be brown or lilac-yellow.
But it is worth knowing that not all stones can be checked with ultraviolet light; for example, garnet or freshwater pearl is neutral.
Method 7 - Breathe on a stone
If you breathe on a natural stone, there should be no condensation left on it. This method is especially effective for diamonds, which have good thermal conductivity.
How to find out if your gemstone is genuine? There are many ways to know this. We offer you only those ways that will not ruin the stone. These simple tips can be used when you buy your stones or finished jewelry. That being said, you should not forget that good natural stones cannot be cheap. It is important to always keep this in mind and not to be tempted by a low price. It is also important to find a seller or a store that you trust.
Kindly note that healing gemstone meanings are not prescriptions or healthcare information.
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