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Garnet is not quite as hard as Ruby. The color of garnets is primarily red but can range from green, orange to earthy tones. Inclusions can help you separate synthetic stones from natural rubies. Natural ruby without any inclusions is very rare. Many rubies on the market are synthetic. Only an expert can distinguish between natural and synthetic rubies. Before 1800, rubies and garnets were classified in the same gemological category. Many deceitful names are given to less valuable red stones that look like rubies. These names are used by unscrupulous dealers to confuse inexperienced buyers. Generally (not always) any time the word ruby is used with a prefix it is a fake. The one gemstone in particular that requires special attention for this practice, because it so closely resembles ruby is the pyrope garnet. Here is a list of the false ruby names:
The point is, Rubies were only first synthesized in 1902 with a process known as the Verneuil process.
The Edwardian Period coincided with what I call the Titanic period in Jewelry Art History. Therefore we can't eliminate the possibility that the pink stone is a synthetic ruby, as synthetic rubies hit the open market around the Edwardian Period. Annie Im going to continue the discussion over the next few days, if that's OK with you, keep an eye out in your email account as you should get notifications when a comment appears. I have many submissions but your questions are great ones, quite a few complex & overlapping things in one post...best wishes, Yvonne Hammouda-EyreStay up to date with all the latest Antique, Premier and Pearl Jewelry News, and subscribe to my newsletter....
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