How To Tell If A Gemstone Is Genuine

How To Tell If A Gemstone Is Genuine

Hello, friends of Pineforest Jewelry! As a leading authority in the jewelry industry, we're eager to share our knowledge with you. Today, we're discussing a topic many of our customers are curious about … how to distinguish genuine gemstones from imitations.

Understanding the Basics of Gemstones

First things first, let's talk about what gemstones are. They're naturally occurring minerals or organic materials, beautifully crafted by Mother Nature herself, then shaped and polished by human hands. Gemstones like diamonds, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires are cherished for their exquisite beauty and rarity, much like the stunning gemstone pieces available at Pineforest Jewelry.

Factors that Differentiate Genuine Gemstones from Fakes

Genuine gemstones and their synthetic counterparts have a few key differences. A genuine gemstone's color is typically more consistent and vibrant, while a fake one may appear dull or overly bright. Transparency is another telltale sign. Most genuine gemstones, except opaque ones, allow light to pass through evenly. The weight of a stone can also be a giveaway, as genuine gemstones are usually denser than their fake counterparts. Even the inclusions and flaws you see in a genuine gemstone can add to its authenticity. Finally, genuine gemstones are harder and more resistant to scratches than their counterfeit counterparts.

Commonly Used Techniques to Identify Genuine Gemstones

Now, how can you tell if a gemstone is genuine? One of the easiest ways is by inspecting it under light and with magnification. This will help you observe the stone's inclusions and surface characteristics. You can also perform a scratch test (though we recommend this only for loose stones to avoid damaging jewelry settings), or a fog test by breathing on the stone to see how quickly the fog disappears. Refractivity and temperature resistance tests are other useful methods, but they may require specific tools or knowledge. Our "Ask Diamond Jim" blog series provides more insights into these tests.

Professional Methods for Verifying Authenticity

Of course, there's no substitute for professional evaluation when it comes to authenticating gemstones. Pineforest Jewelry and other professional gemological laboratories have advanced tools to ensure the accurate identification of gemstones. Reputable sellers should provide certificates of authenticity, particularly for high-value gemstones.

Precautions while Buying Gemstones

When buying gemstones, especially engagement rings or other significant pieces, it's crucial to ask the right questions. Find out about the stone's origin, treatment, and whether a certified lab has authenticated it. Whether you're buying in-store or exploring our exquisite jewelry online, remember that an informed decision is always the best one. At Pineforest Jewelry, we believe in building strong relationships with our clients through transparency and personalized customer service.


Identifying genuine gemstones can feel like a daunting task. Still, with the tips we've provided and a consultation with our experts at Pineforest Jewelry, you'll be well-equipped to make an informed choice. We look forward to welcoming you to our 8,000 SF-themed jewelry store, "Diamond Jim's Pineforest Jewelry Experience", opening in early 2024. It promises to be a unique and immersive experience for all jewelry enthusiasts.

Don't forget, we proudly offer a 10% discount for first responders and military personnel, both online and in-store. So, why wait? Explore our stunning collection, ask Diamond Jim, or schedule an appointment today to create your dream piece with Pineforest Jewelry.