Simple Tips to Verify Gems Authenticity

By | June 11, 2024

Welcome to Maura Gems and Jewellery Co Ltd, where our commitment extends beyond offering exquisite jewellery; we empower our customers with knowledge about the treasures they choose to invest in. Understanding whether a gemstone is real or synthetic can significantly influence its value and your satisfaction as a consumer. In the world of gemstones, authenticity not only drives the price but also determines the rarity and desirability of the piece. It’s crucial, therefore, to be equipped with the right information and tools to discern the true nature of gemstones.

We take pride in educating our clients about the nuances of gemstone authentication, providing you with the confidence to make informed decisions. Whether you are a seasoned collector or a first-time buyer, appreciating the authenticity of a gemstone enhances your experience and satisfaction with your purchase. Our guidance ensures you can distinguish between genuine treasures and clever imitations, safeguarding your investment and satisfying your love for genuine, quality gemstones. Join us as we explore simple yet effective methods to verify the authenticity of gemstones, tailored for both enthusiasts and beginners.

Understanding Gemstone Authenticity

Authenticity in gemstones is not merely about ensuring you get value for your money; it’s about owning a piece of the Earth’s natural beauty that holds true historical and personal significance. At Maura Gems and Jewellery Co Ltd, we understand that the allure of genuine gemstones isn’t just in their stunning appearance, but also in their inherent value and rarity. This is why ensuring the authenticity of gemstones is a cornerstone of our commitment to you.

In the realm of gemstones, there are both natural and synthetic options available on the market. Natural gemstones are mined from the earth and have a unique charm and history. Synthetic gemstones, on the other hand, while physically and chemically similar to natural ones, are created in laboratories. Knowledge about the origin of the gemstone helps in making an informed decision, preserving the integrity of your collection, and maintaining trust in the value of each piece.

Physical Tests You Can Perform at Home

To help you understand more about the gemstones you own or consider purchasing, here are a couple of simple tests you can perform at home. The scratch test is a popular method to check a gemstone’s hardness. By using a substance with a known hardness, you can scratch the gemstone gently to see if it leaves a mark. For instance, if you scratch a piece of quartz (hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale) on a topaz (hardness 8), no mark should be left. This test gives you a rough idea of where your gemstone stands on the hardness scale.

Another handy test involves using light and transparency. Simply hold your gemstone up to a light source and observe how the light passes through it. Different gemstones will react uniquely to light, showcasing individual patterns of brilliance, reflection, and refraction. This can be a fun and educational way to more deeply understand the properties of various stones, helping you to make more educated guesses about their authenticity and quality before making a purchase or confirming their value with a professional.

Professional Methods for Verifying Gemstones

At Maura Gems and Jewellery Co Ltd, we emphasize the importance of professional verification for ensuring that each gemstone meets the highest standards of authenticity and quality. Experienced gemologists use specialized equipment to analyze the properties of gemstones accurately. Refractometers, for instance, help in measuring the refractive index of a gemstone, which is a definitive way to identify its type since each mineral has a unique refractive index. Additionally, microscopes are used to spot inclusions and other characteristics that might not be visible to the naked eye.

Gemological certificates are another crucial aspect of professional gemstone verification. These documents provide a detailed analysis of a gemstone’s characteristics, such as cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight, along with its authenticity and any treatments it has undergone. A certificate from a reputable lab ensures that what you own or intend to purchase is evaluated and documented by experts, giving you peace of mind about your investment.

Tips for Shopping for Genuine Gemstones

When shopping for genuine gemstones, it’s important to keep a keen eye on several key aspects to ensure authenticity. Firstly, examine the gemstone under good lighting to check for uniformity in colour and clarity. Genuine stones often have unique natural variations, whereas synthetic ones might display unnaturally perfect features. Secondly, ask about the origin of the stone, as provenance can often be a sign of value and authenticity.

We also recommend asking the jeweller detailed questions about the gemstone. Enquire whether the stone has been treated in any way and if so, how. Treatment information is crucial as it affects the care and value of the gemstone. Additionally, always request a gemological certificate, especially when investing in precious stones, as this document is a testament to the gemstone’s verified attributes.


Understanding the authenticity and ensuring the quality of gemstones are vital whether you are adding to your personal collection or choosing a special piece for someone dear. At Maura Gems and Jewellery Co Ltd, we pride ourselves on our expertise and transparency, providing our customers with all the information they need to make informed decisions. We invite you to visit us and explore our exquisite assortment of validated, high-quality gemstones and custom jewellery options. 

Let our knowledgeable staff assist you in finding a piece that truly reflects your personal style and adheres to the highest standards of gem authenticity. Discover the perfect gemstones, including emeralds and diamonds at Maura Gems and Jewellery Co Ltd, and let your jewellery do more than just accessorize – let it tell a story.

Author: marklsmithms1

Hi, I'm Mark, the author of Maura Gems and Jewellery. As a team of qualified gemmologists and goldsmiths, we bring you world-class jewellery at Bangkok prices. With offices in both Bangkok and the UK, we ethically source the finest gemstones directly, eliminating any middlemen. We offer a wide range of stunning ready-made jewellery items in our new online store, available for retail or wholesale. Additionally, we specialize in custom-made jewellery where we can bring any design to life. Whether you're a trade professional or an individual customer, we cater to all. Feel free to email me at or call/WhatsApp me at 07470547636 or +66949355718. Discover our incredible collection by visiting our online store. I guarantee you'll love what you find there!

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