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Ginger
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Post by Ginger » 6 days ago

Me too OtherSideoftheTracks 🌹 this worries me now since I’ve bought so so many loose gemstones over the years with ShopLC. I too have Spinel, big blue zircons, tourmalines, a big rubellite and so many others and have no way of telling if they’re real. Huge London Blue Topaz (18 carats) and so much Russian Diopside. Is there a tester that can be bought?
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Post by Rolltide » 6 days ago

If there is a local jeweler that you have ever used, he would probably look at them for you for free. I am thinking of doing the same thing.
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Post by JewelryQueen » 6 days ago

I also wish we could do one on ones!

On the silver issue--Back in my gravy days I used to go to Mexico for 2 weeks every May. You can well imagine I bought a LOT of silver. Admittedly some of that silver had nickle in it (I can tell as I react to nickle) but if a vendor said something was silver it was silver. Know why? If someone sold an item and represented that it was silver and it was not, and they were caught, it was a life sentence in prison. Hmmmmm... Even the desperate street vendors would not say alpaca (mystery metal) was silver.
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Yes there’s several jewelers and hope they don’t charge much because I have hundreds and hundreds of loose gemstones still in the little jem tray or the sealed bag they came in with the description, carat weight and the country they’re from. Thanks for the tip🏈 I saw you’re watching football 😂
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Post by JewelryQueen » 6 days ago

I know there are testers for rubies and sapphires and diamonds. I used to have one. But they will not tell you if they are lab created. Usually you can tell by louping the stones. If there are NO imperfections (zoning, inclusions etc) they may be glass. Or if there are many little bubbles under a loup they probably are glass as well.

This is where a reputable jeweler is your bestie.
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Ginger wrote:
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Yes there’s several jewelers and hope they don’t charge much because I have hundreds and hundreds of loose gemstones still in the little jem tray or the sealed bag they came in with the description, carat weight and the country they’re from. Thanks for the tip🏈 I saw you’re watching football 😂
Yep, since we are not in it, have to root for LSU. Go Tigers!
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Rolltide wrote:
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If there is a local jeweler that you have ever used, he would probably look at them for you for free. I am thinking of doing the same thing.
I am going to go to more than one if I have to. I am doing research to make sure I go to one that can identify a spinel properly. Spinel is not as common as the basic: emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and garnets.
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Post by Spooky » 6 days ago

Gemaholic wrote:
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Rolltide wrote:
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If there is a local jeweler that you have ever used, he would probably look at them for you for free. I am thinking of doing the same thing.
I am going to go to more than one if I have to. I am doing research to make sure I go to one that can identify a spinel properly. Spinel is not as common as the basic: emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and garnets.
Gemaholic you would be so missed if you left so please stay on the forum! Thank you again for sharing your
testing results 💖
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Post by Hollie » 6 days ago

I want to know what that lying (fake apology) ff said about us this time.
I'd expect this from Adi but I thought Pieter had some class. I guess not.
I for one am done contributing to their pay checks.
I wonder what all their new victims are thinking that heard that.
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Post by Gemaholic » 5 days ago

Ginger wrote:
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Me too OtherSideoftheTracks 🌹 this worries me now since I’ve bought so so many loose gemstones over the years with ShopLC. I too have Spinel, big blue zircons, tourmalines, a big rubellite and so many others and have no way of telling if they’re real. Huge London Blue Topaz (18 carats) and so much Russian Diopside. Is there a tester that can be bought?
You can get a mini jewelry UV light (be careful with this, I can walk you through how to use this without damaging your eyes), but not all minerals fluoresce, so this is just one of several methods to test gemstone authenticity out. I also have a Geiger meter which measures radiation. Again, that is only useful for radioactive gemstones. Microscopes and jewelry loupes with led lights are great necessities for inspecting your gems. If you want, I can make a separate post about methods to test and how to do them.
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