Why Do You Get Fake Stones?
Gemstones have adorned jewellery for as long as we can think back. For many years the jewellery/gemstone trade was meant only for the elite and upper classes as they were the only ones that could afford these works of art. To further the industry, artificial stones were then created. The most common of which would be cubic zirconia.
Cubic Zirconias are made in a lab. They are made mainly as a replacement for diamonds but do come in a multitude of colours for the purpose of imitating other precious stones. The zirconia was created to offer a cheaper substitute for actual stones. For all intent, they look like the real thing. Their chemical make-up is of course not the same, but the average person is not concerned with that. Creating these stones opened the jewellery/gemstone market up to an entirely new demographic, and so many more people than before, could now boast with a ‘diamond’ on their finger.
Of course, we have not even touched on the subject of plastic gemstones or even coloured glass. Both of these could also be cut and set to look like the real thing.
So How Do You Tell Them Apart
At first glance, the untrained eye might not be able to pick up the differences as fake stones are grown to look as close as possible to the actual thing. It is recommended to tap or scrape the ring with your fingernails. This should immediately tell you if it is plastic or even a coloured pearl bead. The two feel completely different from an actual stone.
Zirconias are grown in a lab and are therefore flawlessly perfect. They will have no discolourations, occlusions, or even flaws. Real gemstones are a product of the earth and just like marble and granite, they are never flawless. They could have fading colours, bubbles, ‘scrape marks’ on the inside, and a multitude of other things. The best is to train your eye by comparing pictures online. Real stones also have far less sparkle as opposed to fake stones. So, if you are only after a great sparkle, the artificial stones could be for you.
Stating the Obvious
The two most telltale signs of a fake stone are the price tag and the disclosure. The price tag should be taken into mind. Yes, you do sometimes find a bargain, but they are few and far between. While artificial stone might still be a bit pricey – depending on which stone they have to imitate and keeping in mind it isn’t just anyone that can create one – they are most certainly not as expensive as the actual thing. Also, a cubic, once bought for the first time, loses all market value and is then essentially worthless in terms of money. Your worth is then measured in the material and setting.
Also, when you are buying an artificial stone, the person that you are buying it from has to, by law, disclose to you that the current stone you are purchasing, is in fact an artificial stone and not the real deal.
We are not saying that artificial stone is bad, only that there is a difference and if you are someone that likes real stones, you should know the difference.