I’m sure some of you, if you’re familiar with me and my business, will know I have a little collection of just… bad fakes. Some of the inventive things created to make a fake mineral or gemstone – half the time of a material so cheap it couldn’t possibly be worth faking.

Some of these fakes are a very low quality, low tech approach. One of my favourites was the absolute eye-melting monstrosity of these ‘Rutile in Quartz’ fakes, which were resin and tinsel.


Now, I’ve spotted another fake form of Rutile in Quartz, but this one is way more advanced and way more interesting.

This came, as all terrible things do, from my favourite four letter auction site, where it was described as ‘Marvelous Lustrous Rutilated Quartz Cluster From Pakistan’. The seller had 1198 feedback and a score of 96.1%, shipping from SONIPAT, HARYANA, India.


Pakistan does have some interesting included minerals, including Quartz with Rutile, Aegerine, and a few interestingly blue-green coloured Amphiboles.


This wasn’t one. I thought it was glitter in resin from the picture, but a nicer specimen – a fine accompaniment to my tinsel in resin eyesores.

When it arrived, it was pretty obvious immediately that it wasn’t resin. It was hard and cold, and purely from feel was either glass or Quartz – later testing revealed it to be glass.

 Chucking it under the USB scope, I got some interesting photos.

For reference, the first image is the listing image which I have ‘borrowed’ to illustrate this fine specimen.


I was honestly just expecting glitter in resin, a great combination of microplastics.

In my experience though, glitter is almost always hexagonal under the microscope, and these pieces reminded me of something else – the Copper/cobalt/manganese flecks seen under a microscope when viewing the synthetic Goldstone glass.

Only thing was, I’ve never seen a transparent piece of goldstone glass – and couldn’t find one online either. Has anyone ever seen a transparent Goldstone / aventurine glass, or is this possibly a new creation?


Pictured below are some photos of the synthetic Goldstone glass with its common blue or red-brown matrix. Green Goldstone also exists but is a little less common.


Have you seen a clear one before? Leave a comment!