Picture this - your best friend has just told you that she got a real steal on an American Ruby. Do you have the courage (or the knowledge) to tell her that she may have just purchased a garnet instead?
Diamonds are notorious for being described with additional words in the title, when they are actually various forms of quartz. Here are a few which are all quartz in some form:
- German diamond
- Herkimer diamond
- Bohemian Diamond
Here are some common gemstone impostors. There are dozens more if you do your homework:
- Oriental Emerald (green sapphire)
- Australian Jade (treated quartz)
- Roman pearls (glass beads)
- Ceylon Opal (moonstone)
- German Lapis (dyed Jasper)
A quick search on Google of the name of the advertised gemstone with its descriptive add on will usually tell you what you may really be buying. And use common sense. If it is a deal too good to be true, it may very well be a fake. Synthetic stones are usually moderately priced simply because they are not as rare as real gemstones.