HOW CAN YOU TELL IF PERIDOT IS REAL?
Read on for some tips on how to tell if your peridot is real.
1. THE COLOR TEST
One of the easiest ways to tell if you have a genuine peridot gemstone is to examine its color. Various shades of green are available in natural peridot, but no other additional colors. A peridot gemstone with hues other than green is most likely not real.
2. EXAMINE UNDER A LIGHT SOURCE
Natural peridot is usually bright, olive green with yellow undertones, and its color remains the same in natural or artificial light, making it unique among gems. In contrast, imitation jewelry (made of low-end materials such as glass, plastic, and quartz) may have slightly different tones when illuminated by various light sources.
Hold your "natural peridot" up to a lamp for the first test, and then check its color under natural light. If the color changes, the gemstone is most likely not genuine.
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 visible impurities. Peridots that are completely flawless are extremely unusual and not readily accessible. The easiest method to tell a fake from a genuine peridot gemstone is to use a jeweler's loupe to examine the stone in question. If you notice tiny cracks or other flaws on your stone, it's most likely a genuine one.
5. CHECK THE FACETS
6. CONSIDER THE PRICE
Beware, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is!
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
11. HAVE IT CHECKED BY A PROFESSIONAL GEMOLOGIST
The benefits of a gemeological inspection:
Real peridot is a beautiful and valuable gemstone, so it's important to make sure that you are getting the real deal. To check if a peridot is genuine, take a look at its facets, consider the price, measure the weight, use a gem tester, purchase from a reliable source, check for a certificate of authenticity, and have it examined by a professional gemologist. With these tips in mind, you can confidently purchase a genuine peridot gemstone!