Red Flag “Rubies” – Fake or Fabulous?


Our client removed the jewels from the pouch, and we had a quick intake of breath. Intense colors, lots of sparkle! BUT…

Returning from a trip to Sri Lanka and the Far East, she wanted to know if she had gotten a good deal. Sri Lanka is known for its rubies. She purchased the complete suite from the same source which guaranteed authenticity.

Even in the photo, it is clear why we gasped. Rubies, especially those in these generous sizes, ranging from 2.00 ctw to 5.00 ctw are seldom flawless. Flawless means free from natural inclusions or other distinguishing characteristics. These were perfectly clean, even under the microscope. The color was even.

The Jewelry Judge was certain that these rubies were synthetic, but it was necessary to demonstrate to the client how we came to that conclusion. The surrounding white stones were not diamonds – that alone was a warning sign. These rubies were frankly fake!

Natural rubies are rare, they’re also expensive. Synthetic rubies run approximately 70-90% cheaper than natural rubies.

Our client paid such a low price for the entire suite of jewelry that she should have been suspicious. What was a low price for ‘rubies’ was really a very high price for glass!

“We urge our clients who travel abroad to buy only from trusted sources.” Remember, when travelling outside of the country, there is no Better Business Bureau; no Interstate Commerce Commission; no fraud complaint authority.

When in doubt, check it out! Consult with The Jewelry Judge for peace of mind. Call 713 961-1432 for an appointment to verify before you make an important purchase of jewelry.

After 70 years, we have learned a thing or two. Knowledge you can trust!

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