Rubies Finally Get the Lead Out of Jewelry

Sterling Canyon wants to alert everyone about lead filled Ruby gemstones.  Finally after years of dilly dalling around, the Gemological Institute of America has decided to resolve the issue by categorizing these stones as “manufactured product”.  The institution has revealed the rules in a new video designed to educate the trade and the public.

Rubies that are filled with lead or glass generally are inferior gemstones.  Cracks and fissures are fairly common in gemstones.  These cracks can make the stone dull by not breaking up the light that enters the stone.   In order to make the Rubies sellable, companies will fill these cracks with lead or glass to make the Ruby sparkle as a high quality Ruby would normally.  Department stores like Macy’s and Penny’s are notorious for not informing a customer whether the gemstone they are about to buy are lead filled or not.   When gemstones are filled, they tend to be more delicate and can be damaged simply be cleaning them, or can fracture if bumped.  Now with the new classification, gemstones cannot be referred to as Rubies.  The retailer should be telling you that they are manufactured.  If they can’t tell you, don’t buy it. 

Anything of high price is a risk, unfortunately.  Cars, homes, fine jewelry all run a risk of not getting what you pay for.  It is simply a part of modern life, and that is unfortunate. 


About Sterling Canyon

At Sterling Canyon, we believe luxury and affordability go hand in hand. Fine jewelry doesn't have to be expensive. At Sterling Canyon, quality will never be compromised for affordability. You will never be offered less.
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