Fake Gemstones, Fossils and Minerals

Laughable and (rarely) laudable fakes I’ve spotted while sourcing products.


Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: ‘Trapiche’ inclusions

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: ‘Trapiche’ inclusions

Another post to begin with a preface - there are genuine 'Trapiche' included stones. Trapiche stones are uncommon - and could be easily confused with 'star' stones. However, a 'Trapiche' included stone has visible inclusions formed in a radiating pattern, either from...

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Rutile or Tourmaline in Quartz

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Rutile or Tourmaline in Quartz

The first thing to point out is that genuine Rutile in Quartz and Tourmaline in Quartz are relatively common minerals. Inclusions in Quartz are hugely popular - I personally love them. Lower end pieces are not particularly expensive. However... I do like to hunt out...

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Synthetic Snowflake Obsidian

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Synthetic Snowflake Obsidian

This isn't one I expected to ever write. There are some stones where you can see why they might be faked, but Snowflake Obsidian typically isn't one of them. For reference, the cabochons in this article, both real and fake, measure in at 14x10MM. I sell genuine...

Mineral Scams, Fakes, and Tricks: Calcite or Onyx?

Mineral Scams, Fakes, and Tricks: Calcite or Onyx?

This one has been coming for a while. I see it on Facebook groups on an almost daily basis... the posting of a picture, a request for identification, and the stream of "onyx" "Mexican onyx"... a misidentification and commonly used 'trade name' for banded Calcite from...

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Amethyst with Pyrite

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Amethyst with Pyrite

I'm going to preface this post by saying that this does not appear to be common - and that Pyrite does naturally occur with Amethyst.  This post is written as a reminder to look a little closer.  This could be an art piece, a one off. I just don't know. I saw it...

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: ‘Quartz Selenite Geodes’

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: ‘Quartz Selenite Geodes’

They appear if you search for 'selenite geode' on various nameless shopping channels or search engines. Now, it is possible to find genuine geodes containing gypsum selenite. They are quite rare, and almost always colourless. These geodes, however.. Well, they're dyed...

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Glass as a Gemstone

Mineral scams, fakes, and tricks: Glass as a Gemstone

Some of these pieces are more 'fake' than others. Goldstone and Opalite are often sold as glass by trustworthy merchants - but not always.Some are easy to spot, but unfortunately, some are not. This page just lists a few common fakes. Andara AKA: "Golden Light...