Category: Gem Testing

Separating Blue Topaz from Aquamarine, Part II

The basic gem testing articles offer tips on quick methods of testing using basic instruments. With practice basic tools can provide reliable indications of a stone’s ID. No tool on its own is a substitute for thorough gemological testing. So, keep in mind that when in your lab with more advanced equipment available, do not stop short at these simple tests.

Basic Gem Testing

One-step testing is a tempting proposition; however, it requires extensive knowledge and experience to perform the minimum number of tests required for accurate and conclusive identification.