Hi, All -
When my Mother graduated from High School in the mid 40's, her
father gave her a sapphire ring for her graduation present. The ring,
a lovely and large stone set in white gold, was purchased by my
grandfather from a jeweler he knew and trusted.
Many years later, it was given to me. For insurance purposes mostly,
and also a bit of curiosity I make no apologies for, I wanted to
have it appraised. I took it to a certified gemologist. I was
informed that to the naked eye and by several other means it
appeared to be genuine. But under close inspection via the methods
and equipment mentioned in this thread (refractometer, etc.), it was
indeed found to be a "very lovely, tough to detect, high quality
Did it matter to me? Well I admit I wondered if my grandfather (no
longer living) had been ripped off. Was it worth less in $?
Considerably. Do I care about that part? A little, but it retained
what was most important to me, great sentimental value.
But there is a difference, and it can and does and will matter to
many people. When someone asks to have a stone identified, do they
not want to know for certain, regardless of their desire to have it
appraised? Otherwise why ask? Anyone could tell you it may or may not
be a ruby. But that would be a best guess, wouldn't it? Or in what
situations would it move up to an educated opinion? There can be a
fine line between them, but when there are scientific means by which
to provide an answer, and we live in a world that unfortunately has
people who sometimes take advantage (going back further than my
grandfather's purchase, I'm sure) then of course people are going to
get heated about the topic. To what degree of certainty would depend
on the equipment used and the expertise of the person viewing it.
Just my humble opinion.
Since that event, when I want to know more about a stone, I ask in
one of 2 ways - 1) the old "your best guess without the proper
equipment, and I won't hold 'ya to it" or 2) a request for an
This ring and it's story was what led to my interest in gemstones.
Which of course is what led me here.... :o)
Mary Beth in NH