I’m so fed up of how easily people are getting away with selling “gems” fraudulently on places like eBay and Etsy. You see it constantly. “Naturally mined pink sapphire”, which is so obviously cubic zirconia and if natural, would have cost many times more than the advertised cost. Their customers are on the whole none the wiser so they get away with it.
My own budget is very low, so the gems I buy are very hit and miss as to quality - although I must add that I don’t usually take such risks. I wanted a natural round cut ruby, as large as possible. I found one from an Indian seller on Etsy that looked nice. I know enough about the market to know that this 8mm round ruby, if natural, would be heavily flawed and subject to all manner of treatments to improve its appearance. I paid less than £20 (UK pounds) so my expectations were very low. It arrived in the post this morning. It is in my opinion a beautiful looking gem. I therefore knew instantly that there is nothing natural about it, as a gem so large, with such a beautiful colour, and so crystal clear, if natural, would have cost thousands, not less than £20. It is either lab corundum, cubic zirconia or could even be quartz that’s had some vapour deposition process to add the red colour - who knows?! To add insult to injury, the so called AGSL certificate of authenticity is so obviously fake, with very poorly reproduced graphics and a hologram that is a sticker, stuck wonkily to the outside surface of the laminated card!!! Of course when you visit the AGSL website and input the certificate number, it doesn’t exist.
I am not writing this because I feel victimised - I don’t. I took a punt, expecting for my money, a heavily included stone and got a very pretty but cheaply produced lab-made “stone”. I could have bought this pretty stone for a fraction of what I paid, from a UK supplier that I buy CZ from. But it makes me so cross that there are so many people out there getting away with such obvious fraud. There seems to be no accountability whatsoever. I just want to educate people about the fake gems they are buying, oblivious to the fact that they are not the natural gems they believe them to be.