Identifying Inclusions Found in Synthetic Gems

Step 2: Advanced Gemology

Lesson 10

Curved Striae

Flux fusion grown corundum are the most common synthetics. They come in a variety of colors, are very durable, and exceptionally inexpensive to manufacture.

If, when examining a gem your RI indicates corundum, your next step is to distinguish if it is natural or synthetic. Your first clue that the gem you are examining is a synthetic is poor workmanship. Cheap synthetic rubies and sapphires do not get the care a precious gem does. A clean interior, with no crystal or silk inclusions, is your next clue.

With diffused lighting, look for curved or straight growth lines. Curved lines are difficult to distinguish, because the curvature is very subtle. The first picture shows curved striae on the pavilion main facets of …

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