Exposing The Truth
It is an unfortunate occurance, but some unscrupulus retailers and even honest ones who simply do not know their stones well enough; are selling Fake, Dyed and Manufactured Composite stones as the "Genuine Article". Online auctions tend to be the worst.
Of course if they are labelled correctly so you the customer is informed as to what you are buying, then you are an informed purchaser and this is perfectly acceptable.
There is no authority in New Zealand that governs what stones are sold as, other than the consumers guarantee act. This act enforces that if you are sold "Fake" stones as "Genuine" stones, then you are entitled to a refund. However you have to know they are "Fake"
The following are examples of some of the Fake stones being sold in New Zealand.
These have started to turn up. I first saw them in the USA and now some unsrupulous person is supplying them to NZ retailers. Be very aware they are FAKE!!! They come from Morocco where they take Rhyolite Geodes (usually of very low quality) and GLUE crushed Galena ore on the inside. Unbelievable!
Fake Dyed Chartreuse Serpentine Natural Chartreuse Serpentine
Dyed in China and sold as "Sugilite
The Turquoise Scam..
Natural Howlite Dyed Howlite, sometimes sold incorrectly
Natural Magnesite Nodules Dyed blue to look just like "Turquoise"
Often cut and made into jewellery and sold
as "Geniune Turquoise"!
Even worse is this Poly-Resin Plastic composite passed off as Turquoise, you will see this for sale on the internet auction sites as "Genuine" Turquoise. The only genuine thing about it, is the genuine plastic content!
Genuine Turquoise Nuggets
The Lapis Scam
On the left is Dyed Lapis Coloured Howlite (Made in China) and NATURAL Lapis on the right.
This is a picture of me examining a block of synthetc Lapis. It looks like stunning A grade Lapis, but is a manufacured stone. They aso make Malachite, Sugilite, Turquoise, Opal etc..
This "Stone" is sold all around New Zealand as "Opal", "Opalite", "Blue Moonstone" and probably by other names. It is simply glass.. nice, but still glass..
Known in the trade as Opal Glass.
Hope your Larimar is real???? Sugilite, now coming in a variety of colours!!!!
Green Manufactured Quartz from China
This item has been for sale around New Zealand as natural "Green Quartz". It is made by superheating Quartz with the mineral Chromium so that it fuses to the surface of the crystals.
Moldavite is rather expensive due to its rarity. Fake glass bottle Moldavites have been coming out of China. The glass is from beer bottles made in Shandong, China. A new technique being used is to mold Moldavites from casts of real Moldavites."
Perfect Made in China Moldavites are being sold "cheap" on internet auction sites, yes made from Green Bottles.
Real Moldavites are seldom "Perfect" and you really need to buy Moldavites from a genuine trust worthy retailer.
Sold as Strawberry Quartz or Cherry Quartz, this Glass is Made in China. I have seen this sold on New Zealand internet auction sites as "made from smelted Quartz adding copper for colour". This description is simply a fancy way of describing the manufacture of GLASS.
To make glass you take QUARTZ Sand, smelt (or in laymans terms, melt it) and add other minerals to colour it!! eg copper!
Azeztulite - Now this stone is causing alot of emotions to flare between the Metaphysical dealers and the mineral dealers. It is Milk Quartz that has been named Azeztulite.
It is sold by Metaphysical dealers for about NZ $10+ per carat, thats an unbelievable, in fact outrageous price! for milk quartz!
So why the high price? Here's the story..
The Azez are a race of Alien beings that channelled information about crystals they imprinted with special spiritual energy for those searching for universal love and light!!!!!!
The unfortunate side of the legend is that the Aliens said they would only be available from one company, that then trade marked the name Azeztulite. This company is American, so if your Moroccan or Vietnamese or any other nationality looking for Universal Love and Light Crystal Energy and do not speak english, hard luck, the Aliens have only made these crystals available in America!
We get asked for it at HETTIE'S so we have it available but we make it clear, you are buying Milk Quartz called Azeztulite. We sell it for $3.50 for a tumbled stone, a fair price for a tumbled piece of Milk Quartz.
This picture of 42gram chunk of "Azeztulite" aka "Milk Quartz" was advertised on a website for $45...
How to be aware
Unfortunatley anyone can sell stones, so the only way you can beware is to buy from reputable retailers who's reputation depends on their honesty. Some internet and auction sellers don't care as long as they have your money.
You know the old saying which states if something is too good to be true it probably is?
It is still true, cheap minerals are usually just that, cheap because the're Fake!
A word on Trade Marked Stones.
A new trend is emerging in the Gem Trade - Trade Marking of stones used for metaphysical energy. Trade marking is being used to give certain Gemstone dealers the monopoly. They "meditate" or "chanel" information about the metaphysical energies of stones and then come up with a name and trade mark it, thereby securing their rights to selling it for its "special energies". Many of these stones are well known under names that have been in use for many years, but existing names can't be trademarked. These "Trademarks" are stones that ONLY THEY CAN SELL.
A trademark is a type of intellectual property, and typically a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements. It exists to protect the creator or owner. No one should be able to Trademark nature but they can Trademark a name. When certain traders try to monopolise on "Energy Stones" for their own selfish gain, be warned.
Compare these to stones that have been held in high esteem for their cultural and spiritual values by most cultures around the world. Stones like Turquoise (American Indians, Tibetans..), Jade (Chinese, New Zealand Maori, Incas), Obsidian (New Zealand Maori, American Indians, Cave men), Flint (Stone Age Mankind, Nordic..), Quartz (Incas, China, Shamanic Cultures) - The list goes on.
These stones have had hundreds if not thousands of years to prove their worth. They are not "Trade Marked" and are available relatively freely to most people.