I too have no gemological background, and am only learning things
as I go.
Please know that gemmology is a science and it is not about "sight
ID'ing something based on what it looks like. It is about using
knowledge to separate what you want to identify from other material
that looks similar. A characteristic or group of characteristics that
separates it from all other material that is so unique to that
material that it could not be anything else.
Please consider if your source is known by you to be a trusted
source, or someone passing on what they heard somewhere from
someone, a source they do not know as reliable.
The other day someone asked me about a stone, they wanted to know
what an "eisenhower" was. I replied it was a president and a tunnel.
She looked blankly back at me like I did not know what I was talking
Today someone asked me "What is a green stone that starts with "h".
When I start asking for details, she says she does not remember
anything about what it looks like.
Another lady tells me she wants a bracelet that matches her
transparent brownish black stone earring. She tells me it is a
citrine. I tell her it is smoky quartz, she replies that the guy who
sold it to her told her it was a citrine. I showed her a citrine,
and a smoky quartz and asked her which one it looked like, and she
pointed to the citrine. The citrine was yellow, the quartz was
brown. Go figure.
If you pass on misyou risk losing trust if the person
finds out the truth, and trust is what the jewelry business is based
on if you are going to be successful.
To me it is kind of similar as if any of you tried diagnosing
someone's medical condition by hearing their symptoms, and you had no
medical training. A headache could be a sinus infection, or a brain
My point is that I deal with misall the time, and it is
There are diamond dealers who use G.I.A. nomenclature and do not
know Vs, from Si, from I clarity. Kind of scary to me. I would not be
a victim of these people, but someone is.