Buyer Beware of
Fake Gemstones on the Market
I fell in love with rocks and gemstones at an early age. I can remember bringing interesting rocks home from around the neighborhood and surrounding woods before I started school. By the time I graduated high school, my bedroom looked more like a rock garden that what most people would consider a normal teenagers room. I never dreamed someone would want to go through all the trouble of making fake gemstones, but I found out the hard way in my mid to late 40’s that people will do almost anything to squeeze an extra buck out of someone.
My first experience came in the form of a purchase made on eBay. I was often lucky and would find gemstones other people missed and would get nice specimens at a low cost. So it came as no surprise when I won the auction on an almost 12-inch tall rose quartz obelisk for only $8. The surprise came when it was delivered a few weeks later.
At first touch, the stone felt dead. Being the horror/end of the world/sci-fi fanatic that I am, thoughts of radiation, alien invasion and such flew through my head for a moment before logic kicked in and screamed, “IT’S A FAKE!”.
I started researching and found more than enough information to prove that fake gemstones were being made and sold to the public as the real thing. It’s been more than 10 years since that first experience and I have thought long and hard on the subject while learning as much as I could learn.
My research has taught me that sometimes it is impossible to tell the difference simply by looking at a photo. But when you apply a little common sense and knowledge of how and where stones grow, you can save yourself a good bit of money by not buying the fake gemstones as often.
Numbers of Fake Gemstones on Ebay is soaring!
Over the past few months, I have spent a good bit of time on eBay looking for deals because I will soon be adding gemstone jewelry to the gemstone dictionary. There have been times when I would stroll through several pages of listings and find over half of them were obviously fake gemstones. I found this to be shocking because so many of them were actually selling. I have always been a champion who tries to prevent people from having their money taken by those who would mislead them and it made me mad to see so much of it happening.
To make matter worse, I have been seeing an increase in websites selling gemstones that are fakes. Many of them honestly do not know the stones are fakes and they were surprised to learn fakes existed. So it is entirely possible to buy stones from someone you trust but end up with fakes.
It was not until we added the ability to have groups to the site that it dawned on me we know have a way to help prevent some of the thieveries from happening. The new site allowed me to start a “Real or Fake group” where you can post images of stones you are thinking about buying and we will try to help you determine if it is real or not.
This article is the first in a series of articles I am writing on this subject and will include photographs of fakes and instructions on how to spot why it is fake. If you purchase gemstones online, please consider joining our Real or Fake Group.
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Till next time; stay safe, have fun and keep smiling!
P.S. Yes the large rose quartz sphere is fake in my opinion. I’ll tell you why in the next article.