How to Tell if a Ruby is Real

 

When buying a ruby, it's important to know what you're looking at. There are many fakes on the market that look real. In this blog post, we'll discuss 5 ways to tell if your ruby is genuine or fake.

1. HARDNESS

A genuine ruby has a hardness level of around 9 on the Mohs scale. In contrast, fake rubies are often made of substitutes such as glass or tourmaline and are much softer thus easily scratch.

2. COLOR

A real ruby has a deep, rich red color. A red so vivid it looks bright, while fake rubies often appear light and dull, as if there is no substance within them.

3. WEIGHT

False rubies are often less dense than real ones. To tell if a ruby is real, you must weigh it and compare the weight to a similar-sized natural ruby. False rubies are often lighter in weight than real ones.

4. PRICE

The price of a ruby stone is often indicative of whether it is genuine. Authentic ruby stones are costly gems, so if someone tries to sell you one at a suspiciously low price, it is likely fake.

5. FLAWS

Natural gemstones are those that form naturally as minerals deep in the earth. Authentic ruby stones always have flaws - sometimes a black spot, a line or an inclusion.