Sterling Canyon update to our story last year regarding fake or enhanced Rubies being sold at Macy’s. It hasn’t been shown that Macy’s is selling bad Ruby jewelry again but the evidence is mounting along with other department stores. It seems that the American
Gemological Institute has issued another warning to the buying public regarding fake or damaged Rubies. Selling fake Rubies isn’t illegel. What is fraudulent is not telling the customer that they are fake.
Lead-glass filled Rubies are stones that have significant fissures filled with relatively large quantities of lead glass. Certain processes that take place during repair of these stones, such as the application of heat or acid, and even normal wear and tear, are likely to damage the stones. Over time, the gemstones can crack and literally fall apart. What an embarrassing moment for the husband or boyfriend.
Macy’s attempts to deceive the customer. Fake Rubies are fairly easy to detect with a 10x power magnifying glass. Of course, if you’re buying Rubies or emeralds at Macy’s or Target, then the dunce hat is waiting for you. All gemstones, even diamonds are enhanced or treated by heat or fillings. But you should be told what you’re buying and not outright lied to. Even Sterling Canyon nows better. Geez. photos courtesy AGTA.