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Please can someone identify these stones if they are gemstones? I need big help here. Thanks

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asked Jan 5, 2016 by Isaac Makiba (220 points)

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Isaac, I think the colorful stones are semi-precious stones, I think they have been made into cabochons. The other specimens are very difficult to ascertain. There are a few tests you can do. If you can scratch them with a pocket knife, it probably isn't a gem. Once you determine that, you can see if the specimens will scratch glass. Emerald, diamond, sapphire are all very hard. Really your best option would be to take them to a jeweler who could tell you about the value and composition of each.
answered Jan 7, 2016 by Weasel (38,360 points)

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