Fake Gemstones, Fossils and Minerals

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


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...