How can you tell if gem beads are real?

Inclusions (materials trapped inside the stones as they form) or blemishes are a sign that a gemstone is real. If you don’t see any inclusions or blemishes in the stone using a jeweler’s loupe (a special magnifying lens), it’s a good indication that the stone is glass or synthetic.

How can you tell if beads are fake?

The tapping test

Take your bead in your hand and tap on it with your fingernail. As you tap, pay attention to the kind of sound it makes. If it sounds like you are tapping on a glass object, you most likely are holding a fake since many imitation corals are made with dyed glass.

How do you test a gem at home?

The first step is to check for any inclusion on the stone with the naked eye. If you’re unable to see any inclusions with your naked eyes, then use a magnifying glass of at least 10X magnification to find out if the gemstone contains any inclusions.

What gemstones are fake?

A synthetic gem is the same as a natural gem (in terms of physical, chemical and optical properties), EXCEPT that it has been made by humans. For instance, synthetic diamonds, rubies and blue sapphires are just a few common synthetic gems that exist. These synthetic stones you could call the ‘fakes’.

Are gemstone beads from China Real?

No, it’s not just beads from China that are enhanced or misrepresented. It’s not that simple. Enhancing or misrepresenting gemstones is not limited to Chinese suppliers. Most buyers do not realize that gem enhancement is ancient, easily 2500 years old.

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What does a fake gem look like?

Since it is just a strong and durable stone, there should be no scratches. If there are nicks or bubbles on the stone, then it is most likely a fake gem. Another way you can tell if a sapphire is real or fake is to look for imperfections. This is not to be confused with scratches.