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Fakes, Frauds and Marketing Ploys

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Subject Posts Last Post

Calcite on Stalactite

by Dr. Paul Bordovsky
17 04/05/2015 01:16AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Millipede Fossil in Larimar Stone? Is this even possible?

by Ian Whitlock
29 04/02/2015 07:34PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

Blue Fluorite on White Quartz from China: Real or Fake?

by Casimir Sarisky
5 03/30/2015 08:35PM
Last Post by Ian Whitlock

How do they make fake Ametrine? Or is this real? Attachments

by Alex
15 03/29/2015 05:48PM
Last Post by Owen Melfyn Lewis

Tunduru sapphire - tundura/tundra/tundru

by sapphire
8 03/12/2015 03:34PM
Last Post by Owen Melfyn Lewis

Turkish emeralds and Pakistani heliodor

by Sister Elias Freeman, OSB.Sol
11 03/06/2015 12:01AM
Last Post by Owen Melfyn Lewis

Fake Trinitite Attachments

by Mineralogical Research Company
40 02/28/2015 10:11PM
Last Post by Don Saathoff

Blue Halite / Carlsbad NM / real or fake? Attachments

by John Krygier
30 02/20/2015 07:22AM
Last Post by Rock Currier

Amethyst (and green Quartz) From China Attachments

by R. Kelley Laughlin
4 02/20/2015 07:20AM
Last Post by Rock Currier

Green Obsidian   (Pages: 1 2)

by Gaetano Sicurella
102 02/16/2015 02:20PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Moldavite real or fake? Attachments   (Pages: 1 2)

by Cheng Tan
87 02/14/2015 12:54AM
Last Post by Alfredo Petrov

Conversation with store manager in San Francisco

by Howard Heitner
4 02/06/2015 12:46AM
Last Post by Howard Heitner

eBay Chinese 'zircons' & 'spinels'

by Lloyd Llewellyn
16 02/05/2015 11:38PM
Last Post by cascaillou

Red Malachite??? Attachments

by Anna
9 02/03/2015 07:37PM
Last Post by Owen Melfyn Lewis

Chinese Flooding market with Tibetan Quartz calling them Herkimer Diamonds from NY

by Mike Eggleston
26 01/28/2015 09:31AM
Last Post by Erik Vercammen

Stilbite Color: Natural or Fake? Attachments

by Steve Hardinger
7 01/18/2015 01:54PM
Last Post by Mike Royal

Latest eBay Deception--Sterling Silver Plated

by Sister Elias Freeman, OSB.Sol
18 01/10/2015 01:25PM
Last Post by Owen Melfyn Lewis

Fake earthquake sign on wonderstone from utah? Attachments

by Attila Jakab
26 01/06/2015 01:14AM
Last Post by Alexander Ringel

Toxics for kids in San Francisco

by Howard Heitner
37 12/22/2014 05:30AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Irridescent pyrite suns

by geminerals
33 12/08/2014 06:40PM
Last Post by pnjfm

"Magnetic Hematite" for sale in museums

by Howard Heitner
52 12/05/2014 12:36PM
Last Post by Owen Melfyn Lewis

"Crab Fire Agate" - another rip-off?

by Alan Plante
46 11/28/2014 12:47PM
Last Post by Owen Melfyn Lewis

phosphosiderite cabochons

by Rick Dalrymple
36 11/27/2014 11:52PM
Last Post by andres uteau

Is this agate dyed? Attachments

by Mario Hendriks (2)
16 11/21/2014 05:53PM
Last Post by Jelmer Hylke Hoeksma

Synthetic Malachite?

by Russ Nobbs
45 11/08/2014 07:55PM
Last Post by Owen Melfyn Lewis

What do you think of theese items on Ebay?

by andrea signorelli
15 10/13/2014 02:27AM
Last Post by Rock Currier

Alum fake Attachments

by Howard Heitner
13 10/11/2014 04:52PM
Last Post by Michael Hatskel

Banning fraudulent sellers

by Rolf Luetcke
19 10/07/2014 04:11PM
Last Post by A Mathauser

Diamond in Kimberlite Matrix Revisited

by Howard Heitner
15 09/04/2014 06:12PM
Last Post by Van King

Raw Malachite: Real or Fake Attachments

by Paul Martin
8 08/23/2014 07:30PM
Last Post by Howard Heitner

Gem kunzite crystals: how to rule out any heating treatment?

by Valere Berlage
37 08/12/2014 12:05PM
Last Post by Lacona Brown

Rainbow Calsilica Attachments

by Jolyon & Katya Ralph
16 08/03/2014 08:49AM
Last Post by Uwe Kolitsch

Fake ametrine cont. Attachments

by Alex Hahnenberg
1 07/15/2014 05:39PM
Last Post by Alex Hahnenberg

Fake ametrine from china on eBay Attachments

by Alex Hahnenberg
15 07/10/2014 01:48PM
Last Post by Elise Skalwold

King Cobra Jasper Sphere - real or fake? Attachments

by Paul Martin
11 06/27/2014 05:00PM
Last Post by José Zendrera

Fake or Real black quartz crystal? Attachments

by Peter Miranon
33 06/18/2014 09:10AM
Last Post by Rock Currier

Real or Fake?

by Paul Martin
10 06/18/2014 09:08AM
Last Post by Rock Currier

Minerals Guaranteed NOT to Have Any Healing Properties Attachments

by Jeffrey Shallit
50 06/02/2014 04:00AM
Last Post by Joel Dyer

Fake gold from Arizona

by Reiner Mielke
11 05/31/2014 12:12AM
Last Post by Rolf Luetcke


by Kristi Hugs
4 05/21/2014 07:03PM
Last Post by Kristi Hugs

Selenite Heat-treating

by R. Kelley Laughlin
7 05/10/2014 01:27PM
Last Post by Rolf Luetcke

Amethyst real or fake

by Katie Puttner
7 05/09/2014 02:14PM
Last Post by Rolf Luetcke

Moldavite David Star

by Elmer Leee
23 05/05/2014 04:52PM
Last Post by Doug Daniels


by Flaminia Zeman
46 04/14/2014 10:09PM
Last Post by Thaddeus Gutierrez


by Kristi Hugs
22 04/14/2014 02:42AM
Last Post by Cyn Moon

fake septarian Attachments

by Marco Campos Venuti
4 04/10/2014 03:25AM
Last Post by Rudy Bolona

Spam PM

by Christian Auer
5 03/27/2014 04:54PM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Is this malachite fake or real? Attachments

by Dante A. Bresolin
5 03/23/2014 01:10PM
Last Post by Rolf Luetcke

I dont know whether to laugh or cry.

by David Bruno
5 03/20/2014 04:07AM
Last Post by Dana Slaughter


by Antonios Karatosios
10 03/13/2014 11:14AM
Last Post by cascaillou

Real Russian Hackmanite?

by Jess Forster
49 03/05/2014 03:29AM
Last Post by Pavel Kartashov

Brookite : repaired or just cracked ? Attachments

by Antoine Barthélemy
7 02/24/2014 06:31PM
Last Post by Antoine Barthélemy

Smoky Quartz from Cavnic, Rom.

by Martin Rich
2 02/12/2014 01:41PM
Last Post by Woody Thompson

Non-native aluminum in basalt?

by Van King
7 01/26/2014 12:59PM
Last Post by Van King

Blue helvine (helvite) from Romania, Cavnic?

by Attila Jakab
4 01/11/2014 02:40PM
Last Post by Attila Jakab

Why pick on Maine when selling at eBay?

by Van King
24 12/30/2013 09:25PM
Last Post by Vernon Greenwood

Franklin New Jersey - new additions to the list

by Van King
24 12/20/2013 11:08PM
Last Post by Van King

Turquoise - How do you tell the difference between natural and powdered?

by David Weiss
23 11/22/2013 08:50PM
Last Post by Tim Jokela Jr

Salmon Moonstone? Attachments

by Jess Forster
48 11/03/2013 03:16PM
Last Post by Owen Lewis

Lemurian Seed Crystal

by Dennis Li
20 10/22/2013 10:52PM
Last Post by Debbie Woolf

Bismuth Geode Eggs

by Matt Ciranni
14 09/23/2013 09:51PM
Last Post by Roger Curry

"Natural" deep teal aquamarine beads?

by The Fake Buster
7 09/15/2013 03:16PM
Last Post by Amanda Hawkins


by Olav Revheim
39 09/11/2013 03:57PM
Last Post by Van King

Healerite (Face Palm) Attachments

by Kristi Hugs
9 08/31/2013 02:35AM
Last Post by Kristi Hugs

Radiated Minerals from Afghanistan & Pakistan

by Aisha Jan
26 08/09/2013 11:53AM
Last Post by Sam Linton

Kornerupines on Ebay

by Dan Carlson
7 08/07/2013 04:43AM
Last Post by Dan Carlson

Natural Madagascar Agate? Attachments

by Teresa Fontao
3 08/04/2013 02:25AM
Last Post by Teresa Fontao

Fuchsia Agate? Attachments

by Teresa Fontao
7 08/03/2013 11:44PM
Last Post by Teresa Fontao

Et tu Scientific American?

by Modris Baum
28 08/03/2013 02:55AM
Last Post by Mark & Linda Mahlum


by Kristi Hugs
13 07/16/2013 11:47PM
Last Post by Tim Jokela Jr

Amethyst, real or fake? Attachments

by Daniel de Vries
17 07/03/2013 04:15PM
Last Post by MAGS


11 07/03/2013 09:39AM
Last Post by MAGS

Blatant manipulation of color photographs Attachments

by Neal Luppescu
43 06/25/2013 06:35PM
Last Post by Amanda Hawkins

Blue rhodochrosite?

by Adam Kelly
29 06/21/2013 09:18AM
Last Post by Amanda

Dumbest questions so far?

by Magnus Stålung
35 06/09/2013 04:23PM
Last Post by Owen Lewis

Andara Crystal Scam

by Yamael
62 05/26/2013 12:38AM
Last Post by elmwood minerals

A New Use For Tourmaline!

by Steve Hardinger
35 05/19/2013 12:47PM
Last Post by Rock Currier

WARNING: picture sharing and confidentiality

by cascaillou
9 04/28/2013 07:26PM
Last Post by Jolyon & Katya Ralph

What do buyers consider fraud?

by James Jones
10 04/18/2013 09:55PM
Last Post by Steve Federico

Is this real? Attachments

by Dennis McCoy
15 04/18/2013 03:34PM
Last Post by Dennis McCoy

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