Shining stones

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By Fathima Salihah

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Usually, TV commercials and their dramaticism don’t match reality and instead stay within TV. Be grateful that life is not like a typical Sri Lankan TV commercial, where you’d focus on the actors than on the product, and sing out random words to fit the messed-up tune, in high pitched voices, and dance worse than kindergartens… my question is, how on earth can someone have the gut to go in front of a camera and throw their arms and smile awkwardly every three seconds? All the acting I can do is nod my head 3 vertical oscillations per second during online classes!

But there’s one type of ads that matches the reality of Sri Lankan weddings-jewellery ads. You see models wearing the best jewellery for the ads, but honestly, all that glitters is not gold, SOME aunties at the wedding in their sequin filled sarees wearing all jewellery found in the wardrobe, do glitter too! Little would you know that sometimes it’s plated gold…

Keeping all the fun drama aside, have you ever dropped a stone from your bracelet, and picked it up like a detective who’s been searching for clues all day, and thought to yourself, “honestly, how does a real diamond look like?”

The first method is super easy, fill three quarter of a glass with water (that rhymed!), and if the diamond sinks, it’s a real one. That’s quite common sense because diamonds are originally of high density, but did you ever think of this SIMPLE way? No? Neither did I.

The next method is the Fog test, when you’d breath a puff of air to form a fog on the diamond which, if fades in few seconds, would be a real one. But here’s a fun one, diamonds are of great heat-resistant properties, so go ahead and try to melt the stone, because if it does melt, it’s a fake!

Yet, sources suggest that even though these tests are quick and real, it’s best to consult a diamond expert due to the increasing complexity of synthetic materials of gems and stones, for example, a white topaz would look identical to a diamond, only that the former is of quite softer exterior, prone to scratches. You don’t have to be rich enough to hold diamonds for these tests, but some of these are applicable for sapphires as well.

Pearls, on the other hand are used more frequently and hence look trickier than other jewellery it’s sometimes challenging to find if what you are wearing is genuine and worth the price you paid. Pearl experts use methods such as observation of size, weight and texture under a light microscope, etc. Maybe something you could do at home is to drop your pearls from a height of 2 feet and if they bounce back up more than one foot, chances are that you’re holding the truth!

There’s more to the gem and pearl industries, and it’s fascinating how colourful, sparkly and extravagant these stones look. If you are fond of microscopic textures, gems and pearls could really interest you!

https://www.diamonds.pro/education/how-to-tell-if-diamonds-are-real/#:~:text=If%20you%20see%20a%20circular,instead%20of%20a%20straight%20line

https://thediamondreserve.com/how-to-spot-a-fake-sapphire/

https://www.thepearlsource.com/blog/pearl-buying-tips/how-to-tell-if-a-pearl-is-real/

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