According to the current issue of Gems and Gemology - (volume XXX I
X -pages 42 &43 ), many bead vendors at this past Februarys Tucson
Trade Show were selling Glass beads and calling them “Cherry
Quartz”. The author states that when he ask the vendor what that
was, the vendor explained it was a heat-treated quartz from China.
This same explanation was given by multiply vendors of “Cherry
Quartz” at the show.
The author of the article first inspected the “Cherry Quartz” beads
with a loupe and easily saw distinguishing gas bubbles which are
major signs of glass! After this he bought the so called “Cherry
Quartz” beads and took them back to the West Coast GIA trade lab
where his suspicions were confirmed by further testing.
Just thought anyone who may have purchased any "Cherry Quartz"
should know of these findings. Especially if you are thinking of
re-selling them as full disclosure is one of the rules of the FCC.
I know that may sounds silly at this stage, but just because some
vendors were either misled, or misleading, doesn’t mean we should.