Gemstones can be hard to find, but there are ways to check them for authenticity.
Here’s how to check the quality of a gemstone.
What to look forWhen you have a stone that looks like it’s been polished, polished on, or polished down, you know it’s a gem.
But a stone with a rough texture, such as the look of a marble, could be a fake.
And even when a stone has a smooth texture, it may be a real gem.
For instance, the color of a diamond may not be the same color as the stone it’s stamped on.
Or a stone may have a texture that’s too smooth to be genuine.
If you can see a grain on a stone, it means that the stone is fake.
The grain is the natural, undisturbed, or “dry” part of the stone.
A stone’s grain is what makes it hard to break down, and it can be as little as one percent.
But when you can detect a grain, it’s the real deal.
For example, a diamond with a grain of about 1 percent will have a diamond that’s less than a millimeter thick.
But if you can’t see a single grain, the stone might be fake.
A gemstone with a millimetre or less of grain will be fake because it’s too fine.