Gomed Stone Identification

Gomed Stone Identification

Hessonite garnet or gomed stone mainly comes from Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar (Burma), and Madagascar. These countries are commercial producers, while Brazil, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Kenya are other parts of the world where this Ratna is mined. It belongs to the grossularite garnet group. Garnet comes in wide varieties, from its chemical composition to its color.

You get the benefits of wearing gomed only when you wear a real gemstone. Here are some ways which will help you in identification of gomed stone.

natural hessonite garnet gomed

1. Color Test

If the colors of gems are observed very carefully, then in some cases one can differentiate between real and fake.

Identification of gomed stone by color is a quick way to  distinguishing between Ruby and Gomed. For this, closely observe them and look for colors. If you are getting an orangish or earthy tone from this, this is gomed. In that case, Ruby has a brilliant red hue with secondary shades of blue or purple.

2. Impurities Test

Gomed is generally found dull and does not have the same transparency as zircon or any other gemstone. We can distinguish natural gomed by looking at their clarity. This is also an another quick test for gomed stone identification.

3. Reflection Test

One can clearly distinguish between a real one and a fake one by seeing their reflections. Place this near your eyes and closely observe; look inside with light coming from a remote source. It will probably be real if the light is reflected inside the stone. Also, look through the axis of the stone in some way; you’ll see a rainbow pattern inside if it’s natural. If you do not see any reflection, then this is a fake one.

4. Boil Test

Put your stone in boiling water. If they have no effect on boiling water, they are the real ones. Natural Ratna is challenging and very unlikely to be destroyed by heating. The fake stone will melt down quickly.

5. Magnification

heat wave effect, transparent rounded crystals, fluid inclusions, etc. For seen these inclusion you will need a 10x lens.

Interesting fact

Distinct Hessonite garnets with varied chemical compositions may have different magnetic susceptibilities. Consider the spessartine and tsavorite garnets, which are the most and least magnetic.

(Chemical Composition)

The chemical composition of gomed is calcium aluminum silicate (CA3 AI2), and its hardness is 7 on the Mohs scale. The specific gravity (S.G.) ranges between 3.40 and 3.78, and the refractive index (R.I.) lies between 1.73 to 1.76.

(Synthetic,Duplicates and Copies)

Synthetic hessonite garnet, spessartite, Malaya garnet, yellow beryl, natural zircon, topaz, synthetic glass, etc.


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