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How do I know if my amethyst is real?

Hey guys, I recently bought an amethyst necklace from an online store and I'm not sure if it's real or fake. The store claims it's genuine, but I'm not convinced. I don't have much knowledge about gemstones or how to identify if they're real or not. Can you please help me out? What are some ways I can test if my amethyst is real? Are there any signs or characteristics I should look for? I really want to make sure I got what I paid for. Appreciate any advice you can give!

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howell.lamont

Hey there! I had the same concern when I purchased my amethyst ring from an online store. I did some research and found out that real amethysts are usually darker in color and have a stronger color saturation. They also tend to have visible inclusions and natural flaws, which is normal for genuine stones. Fake amethysts, on the other hand, may have a more vibrant color, but the shade tends to be the same throughout the entire stone, without any gradients or depth.

Another thing I did was to perform a scratch test. I scratched the surface of the stone with a piece of quartz, which is harder than amethyst. If the amethyst scratches easily, it could be a sign that it's fake. However, I would suggest being careful when performing this test, as scratching the surface of a genuine amethyst can also damage it.

Lastly, I took my ring to a local jeweler, and they were able to confirm that it was indeed real amethyst. So if you're still unsure after conducting your own tests, I would recommend seeking out the opinion of a professional.

aadams

Hello there! I've also had doubts about the authenticity of my amethyst earrings that I've bought online. To satisfy my curiosity, I decided to conduct a water test to check if my amethyst was genuine. I filled a clear glass with water and dropped the earrings in it. Genuine amethysts should sink to the bottom, while fake ones would float on the surface. I waited for a couple of minutes and saw that the earrings sank to the bottom, so that was a good sign.

Another way to check the authenticity of your stones is through their clarity. Real amethysts usually have slight inclusions or cloudy spots, which can be seen under a magnifying glass. Man-made amethyst, however, may have fewer blemishes or be too perfect in their clarity, which could be a sign of fake stones.

Lastly, I researched about the source of the stone. Although it's challenging to determine the region where the amethyst was mined, some countries are known for their high-quality gemstones, such as Brazil, Uruguay, and Zambia. Checking the origin of the amethyst could help in determining its authenticity since some areas are more likely to produce genuine amethysts.

In conclusion, I think authenticity tests can vary from person to person, and it's always good to research more or to seek the help of a professional jeweler to ensure you get what you paid for.

fward

Hi everyone, I recently purchased an amethyst pendant and had concerns about its authenticity as well. One of the things I did was to check for scratches on the surface of the stone. Genuine amethysts are relatively hard compared to other stones, so they should not have any scratches on their surface. If there are any visible scratches or nicks, it could be an indication that it's fake or treated.

I also inspected the setting of the stone. Authentic amethysts are typically set in silver or gold, and the metal should be stamped with the purity markings (i.e., 925 for sterling silver). The setting should also be well-crafted, smooth to the touch, and free from any rough or sharp edges.

Another thing I did was to check the weight of the stone. Real amethysts are denser than fake ones, so if the stone feels too light for its size, it could be an indication of synthetic or treated amethyst.

Lastly, I used a jeweler's loupe to check if there are any air bubbles or other inclusions inside the stone. Natural amethysts usually have some inclusions, but mass-manufactured ones tend to be too perfect, which could be a sign that it's made of glass or plastic material.

Overall, these tests are helpful in verifying the authenticity of an amethyst, but it's still best to consult a professional jeweler for a more accurate assessment.

rhaag

Hi there! I had a similar experience before buying an amethyst bracelet online, and I wanted to share what I did to ensure its authenticity. One of the things I did was to use a flashlight to check for color zoning. Real amethysts usually have color zones that are visible under light, which shows that the stone is naturally formed. Man-made amethysts, on the other hand, are typically uniform in color.

Another thing I did was to compare the price of the stone. If it's too cheap, that could be a sign that it's not genuine. Real amethysts are relatively expensive, so if you find a seller who's offering the gem at an unusually low price, it could be too good to be true.

I also asked the seller about the certification or documentation of the stone's authenticity. Established jewelry stores usually provide certificates or some sort of documentation that is signed by a gemologist. These certificates provide information such as the weight, origin, and type of gemstone.

In summary, using a flashlight to check for color zoning, comparing the price, and asking for proper certification would be good indications of whether an amethyst is genuine or not. In the end, it's always good to do your research and not rely on just one test to determine an amethyst's authenticity.

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