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Can a gem be identified by sight alone?

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asked Jun 6, 2015 by Noosheen (160 points)

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It really depends. Some gemstones such as opal or peridot generally have strong enough visual cues for proper identification. Others such as a deep blue sapphire and smoky quartz usually have strong visual indicators but they may not necessarily be what they look like. And yet others can look very much alike and totally indistinguishable alone by visual cues, such as blue topaz and aquamarine.
answered Jun 9, 2015 by hershel (52,780 points)
selected Jun 9, 2015 by Noosheen
Thank you for answering my question. I have done much basic Reading over the years and always get bogged down by this aspect of gem look alikes.  Now, I am afraid to buy any gem if not from a reputable dealer.  And I shudder as I recall that over the years, I have purchased jewelry from all over the world and could have been buying inferior gems.