How to Check if a Yellow Sapphire Is Real or Fake?

Since ages gemstones have been human’s piece of adornment and a special friend that can accompany him all the times. There are many researches and notions that confirm that these beauties from the earth do have magical properties in them. And so these are weighed and loved beyond any other materialistic thing.

But to experience and manifest the all the benefits of these gemstones, they have to go through a few tests to prove their authenticity.

For a yellow sapphire to be a real deal, the tests are very easy and can be done by anyone at home. Although there are a couple of tests that are done in the laboratories too. Undoubtedly they are more real and provide a written proof of their authenticity.

1) The internal inclusions and gas bubbles are the parameters that one can look for in determining the authenticity of the gem.

2) While there are almost no inclusions, fissures or any gas bubbles in a real yellow sapphire, one can find gas bubbles in an imitation one.

3) The yellow colour of the yellow sapphire comes from a feeble amounts of iron in it, however it also depend on the region from where it is mined.

4) Usually the colour of a real gem is not a bright and orange yellow, but it is counted on a slight pale yellow tinge.

5) If a dark and a bright yellow sapphire is sold in the name of a real sapphire, then probably it’s a fake one on which deal is being set.

6) Due to heat treatments on a synthetic sapphire, the colour they gain is quite dark than the original one. The original colour of the yellow sapphire

7) One very common test that is performed by a layman is the milk test, in which a yellow sapphire is dipped in milk for 24 hours. If the colour and the shine in unaltered after 24 hours, probably your gem is a real one. But the fake ones lose their shine as well as yellow color.

8) Since the yellow sapphire is made of mineral Corundum which is known to be the hardest mineral after Diamonds, it is impossible to get it scratched by any other hard material.

9) On the contrary, if the gem gets scratched or the sharpness is faded that means it is made up of either glass or a plastic filling material.

10) The hardness of the yellow sapphire gemstone is 9 on the Moh’s Scale whereas the hardness of any fake or synthetic gem is either more or less than the amount.

11) Perhaps, the imitation gems that are made up of plastic or other lab materials are larger and heavier than the original ones.

12) The refractive index of the yellow sapphire is 1.76 to 1.77 but the fake ones do not match its refractive index. It is a sure shot method of identifying the fake ones from the real ones.

13) Since the gem is made up of very hard material, it is next to impossible to shape them complexly. It is majorly formed into a round shape or emerald shape.

14) The fake yellow sapphire is often cut into an X shape or scissor shape.

15) When seen under the spectroscope, a dark thick line between 450 and 460 nm should be visible in the real gemstone.

16) This black line is absent in the artificial stone.


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