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How to know if your gems are real or imitation

Do you want to know if your jewelry is real or imitation? We’re going to talk about detecting if your gems are real or imitation. Real gems usually have small defects, scratches, taps that have suffered over time, while imitation gems will have a perfect appearance, without defects.

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How to know if a gem is real or imitation

To evaluate the gems you must analyze them with your eyes, as a first step. Look for a place with good lighting (LED or dichroic can serve, although the second can change the colors), sunlight will also work. Place a sheet of white paper on the table, illuminated by the powerful light, and have a magnifying glass at hand if you do not see quite well, or if you want to improve the quality of your analysis.

Examine the surface: real gems usually have small defects, scratches, taps that have suffered over time. Being natural elements, they are not completely perfect or smooth. The imitation gems, on the other hand, will have a perfect appearance, without defects. Under direct light, the real ones will shine a normal brightness, product of their uneven surface, while those of imitation shine much more, because their almost perfect surface reflects and refracts the light better.

Also, these natural jewels tend to be somewhat heavier than those of imitation, although this detail is not perceptible to the naked eye (or taking them with your hands). You could only determine it with a specific scale, and probably by comparing it with a totally natural gem of the same size.

Caireles, gems, charms, glasses or other glass elements can also be evaluated at home, to know if they are real pieces that have a much higher resale value. To analyze it, again do it in a well-lit place, with a white and smooth surface underneath, and use a hand-held magnifying glass.