My wife is a garage sale junkie and last night we were sorting out
the stuff that she thought was gold for a melt down today. One of
the pieces, (a ruby tie tack) was clearly a cut above the rest and
nicely mounted so I took the trouble to try scratching it with a
piece of quartz that was handy and it was not even close. So, I
presume it is corundum.
Knowing nothing about this piece, there is always the possibility
that it is a natural ruby but the chances are so remote that it’s not
worth paying to have it appraised, right?
I was told that the only difference is that natural usually has
inclusions and this has but Rio Grande says their synthetic has minor
So, just how does an appraiser determine if a ruby is synthetic and
why should one believe him/her?
On another note, my wife was left a ruby ring by an aunt and an
appraiser said it was synthetic and the stone worth about $200. It’s
an emerald cut about 5x 7 mm. How can this possibly be worth $200?
The rough can be had for about $5 retail.
I also note that synthetic ruby cabs can be had for less than a
dollar from Rio and Tripps.
What goes here?