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How to identify natural stones

Why is it important to identify natural and real stones? Well, while there are many of us who try to care for and defend the jewelry industry and the value of its stones, we are also aware that there are always people who, at the expense of customers, try to sell natural stones when they are not, attributing benefits and costs that they do not have.

Learn the keys to identify the stones in your jewelry!

How to identify your stones

Therefore, it is important to differentiate them from imitations and avoid being deceived when buying them. In addition, knowing their origin and properties can help us to value their beauty and usefulness in a more conscious way, being also a way to learn about nature and respect it.

Read on and find out how to recognize your gemstones!


1. How to know which stone I have

In case you don't know very well the amalgam of stones that exist, stay and let us explain you how to recognize the stone in your jewelry!

Although it may sometimes seem like a daunting task, there are several ways to recognize and identify types of stones to distinguish the more common ones from a true gemstone.

First, it is important to know that not all stones are precious, as there are other common rocks that do not have a great commercial value. Among the precious stones that exist, the best known are the diamond, the sapphire, the ruby and the emerald.

Once we know that there are different types of stones, we will discover that the methods to recognize them can be more or less effective depending on the stone we are looking at. For example, shiny and transparent stones can be identified by their color and brilliance, while opaque and dull stones will require other methods such as the light beam test or the hardness test.

Our first tip is that one of the easiest ways to recognize your stone is by its appearance. Many stones have unique colors and patterns that make them easy to identify. For example, diamond is known for its brilliance and clarity, while ruby has a deep red and emerald has a deep green. Therefore, if you have a stone with a unique and brilliant color, it is likely to be a gemstone.

Another thing you can do is to look for unique features in the stone. Many stones have distinctive characteristics that can help you identify what type of stone you are looking at. Likewise, if you have access to mineralogy books or have photos of natural stones, you can look for a photo and compare it to your stone.

However, if despite all these tips, you still haven't been able to figure out what your stone is, which can happen since even stone experts sometimes have trouble recognizing certain stones just by looking at them, our advice is to take your stone to a jeweler or a specialized third party who will be able to study it meticulously and tell you for sure what stone you have.

2. How to distinguish a precious and semi-precious stone

Distinguishing between precious and semi-precious stones can be a challenge for those unfamiliar with gemology, but there are a few keys that can help make the difference.

Precious stones are those that are considered to be of high quality and value, and are used in fine jewelry. These include diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Semi-precious stones, on the other hand, are those that are of lesser value and beauty, but are still popular in jewelry. These include agates, amethysts, turquoises and opals.

Amethyst raw stone how to recognize your stone

An easy way to distinguish between precious and semi-precious stones is to look at their color. Gemstones tend to have more vibrant and saturated colors than semi-precious stones. For example, a diamond usually has a brilliant white color, while an amethyst usually has a pale purple color.

Another way to differentiate between the two categories of stones is their hardness. Gemstones are harder than semi-precious stones, which means they are less prone to scratching or damage. The Mohs scale, a measure of a stone's hardness, is a useful tool for determining a stone's hardness. Diamonds, for example, have a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale, while amethysts have a hardness of 7.

With all this, being precious stones one of the most valuable treasures given by nature, the possibility of having semi-precious stones within our reach allows greater public accessibility to enjoy their beauty and benefits.

3. How to know if a stone is real

If, like us, you are a fan of stones and want to make sure that those you have or those you want to buy are real stones, whether precious or semiprecious, today we tell you some of our tips so you can distinguish them without problems.

The first way to identify if your stone is real is to pay attention to the unique characteristics of the stone in question. For example, some gemstones such as diamonds have a unique crystalline structure that makes them unlike any other stone. If your stone does not have this structure, it is likely to be synthetic.

Likewise, another way to tell if your stone is real is by examining its weight and size. Natural gemstones are usually heavier and larger than synthetic gemstones because they are composed of denser materials. If your stone seems too light or small in comparison to other similar gemstones, it may be synthetic.

Finally, another way to tell if your stone is natural or synthetic is to look for imperfections. Natural stones usually have imperfections and variations in their color and texture, while synthetic stones usually have a uniform and perfect appearance. In the same way, you can look for the origin of the stone: if it is a natural stone, it should have a geological origin, while synthetic stones are usually manufactured in a laboratory.

As well as to recognize your stone, if, despite this, you are still not able to distinguish whether the stone you own is natural or synthetic, another option is to take it to an expert in the field so that you can get out of doubt and know for sure that the stone you see is real. Since, only if it is, it will provide you with the physical and spiritual properties inherent to the stone.


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