Step 3: Practical Gemology

Lesson 31

Based on the given test results, try to determine what testing procedures would help you identify the specimen most efficiently. You’ll also have chances to consider how your choices can affect your customer relationships.

Quiz 1: Diamonds and Emeralds?

A customer brings you this piece of jewelry and wants you to identify the stones. In particular, she wants to know if the green center stone is an emerald. She’s willing to pay for a complete examination and wait for its completion.

ring - gemstone identification

On examining the ring, you see it’s stamped 14K HGP (heavy gold plate).

The Side Stones

The two colorless, baguette-cut side stones show no identifying features. Due to their position, you can’t put them on a refractometer. The setting prevents light from entering the pavilions of the side stones. Still, you try to test them from the side in a polariscope. The results aren’t clear.

1. What should you do next to identify these side stones?

The Center Stone

The center stone measures 4.1 x 6.3 x 3.1 mm. A loupe examination shows it’s well-cut and polished, with a vitreous luster and some very small inclusions.…