HOW CAN YOU TELL IF PERIDOT IS REAL?
Peridot is a beautiful green gemstone with shimmering light tones and unique properties. It's a popular choice for jewelry due to its eye-catching color and durability. But with the abundance of fake or lab-created peridot on the market, it can be difficult to tell if peridot is real or not. So how can you tell if the peridot is real? Read on to learn some tips for identifying genuine peridot and avoiding fakes.
1. THE COLOR TEST
One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a genuine peridot gemstone is to examine its color body. Natural peridot is one of the few gemstones that are found in only one color - green. It ranges in hue from yellowish-green to olive green, with deep yellow-green being the most common and vivid. A peridot gemstone with hues other than green is most likely not real.
2. EXAMINE UNDER A LIGHT SOURCE
3. THE REFRACTION TEST
Hold your peridot gemstone against a light source and look into it with a magnifying glass. You should be able to see its color and internal structure.
Peridot gemstones typically have a strong birefringence or double refraction. That is, the light that enters them divides itself into two rays. If you only notice a single beam of light emanating from the gemstone, it's probably not a genuine peridot gemstone.
4. CHECK FOR INCLUSIONS
Most peridot gemstones are eye-clean, meaning they do not include any impurities visible to the naked eye. You must view eye-clean stones under 10x magnification to see these flaws. Peridots that are completely flawless are extremely unusual and not readily accessible.
Examining the stone's surface is the easiest method to tell a fake from a genuine peridot gemstone. If you notice tiny cracks or other visible flaws on your stone, that is a good sign that it is genuine peridot. The manufacturers of faux stones are eager to move their product; hence inclusions or flaws are usually carefully hidden for fast sales.
5. CHECK THE FACETS
6. CONSIDER THE PRICE
Beware, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is not genuine peridot!
7. MEASURE THE WEIGHT
8. USE A GEM TESTER
Use a gem tester to test your peridot. In the world of colored gemstones, current testers on the market can distinguish sapphire from tanzanite, iolite, spinel, citrine, topaz, and tourmaline; and distinguish ruby from spinel and garnet. Topaz, amethyst, and citrine are distinguishable from each other. They can also distinguish emerald stones from jadeite and garnet, topaz from aquamarine, amethyst, and citrine. Even though gem testers can't always identify the type of gemstone you have, they can reliably tell you if it is glass.
9. PURCHASE FROM A RELIABLE SOURCE
When buying peridot, it's important to purchase from a reliable source. Buying from a reputable jeweler or gem dealer will ensure that you're getting a genuine peridot gemstone. Avoid purchasing peridot from street vendors, online auction sites, or other sources where the dealers cannot guarantee the authenticity of the stone.
10. CHECK THE CERTIFCATE OF AUTHENTICITY