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Fakes, Frauds and Marketing Ploys

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I am confused about this green phantom cluster, e.g. fake, add color, lab-grown or natural? Attachments

by Waiken
41 12/12/2018 04:45PM
Last Post by Travis Hetsler

My experience buying on catawiki

by Hiro Inukai
9 12/08/2018 11:27AM
Last Post by Paul De Bondt

List of synthetic and artificial compounds

by cascaillou
43 12/03/2018 10:57PM
Last Post by cascaillou

Moss Agate & K2 Jasper...Natural or Synthetic? Attachments

by Edward Lindy
8 11/30/2018 01:45AM
Last Post by Edward Lindy

Mineral One - Mattia

by Ken Doxsee
17 11/27/2018 08:08AM
Last Post by Harald Schillhammer

Veracruz Amethyst Verification? Pinterest specimens fake?

by Chris Schlosser
6 11/07/2018 09:44AM
Last Post by Keith Compton

Fake Amethyst on green matrix?

by Chris Schlosser
23 11/06/2018 02:53AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Fake Tourmaline? Attachments

by Scott Thomas
4 11/04/2018 12:49AM
Last Post by Kevin Conroy

Fluorite on brown matrix - fake? Attachments

by Scott Thomas
4 11/03/2018 08:27PM
Last Post by Scott Thomas

Fake citrine Attachments   (Pages: 1 2)

by Mario Hendriks (2)
113 10/26/2018 05:25AM
Last Post by Kevin Hean

Zincite...That must have been one HUGE Smokestack in Poland!

by Justin Zzyzx
63 10/09/2018 12:08AM
Last Post by A. Mathauser

"Black Amethyst"   (Pages: 1 2)

by Kristi Huggins
83 10/08/2018 11:07PM
Last Post by Owen Lewis

Should I be worried?

by Nick Gilly
18 10/05/2018 08:53PM
Last Post by Greg Simmons

Fake fluorites - how abundant are they?

by Niels Brouwer
8 10/05/2018 09:49AM
Last Post by Luca Baralis

Is this really alexandrite?

by Nick Gilly
9 08/27/2018 01:04PM
Last Post by Nick Gilly

Strange P.M. Received

by Rudy Bolona
5 08/17/2018 11:24AM
Last Post by Alysson Rowan

Fake azurite? Attachments

by Ashley Wolf
27 08/06/2018 11:39PM
Last Post by Wayne Corwin

Naturally occurring flower on an amethyst crystal cluster Attachments

by Brian L. Sullivan
9 08/03/2018 04:01PM
Last Post by Wayne Corwin

aquamarine, schorl, and garnet?

by Greg Simmons
18 07/13/2018 04:44PM
Last Post by Greg Simmons

Shiny objects. Attachments

by victor rzonca
11 07/03/2018 11:14PM
Last Post by John Oostenryk

Tiffany stone

by Yoshi Kobayashi
51 06/18/2018 09:51AM
Last Post by Melissa Meaux

Tundra/Tunduru/Tundura Sapphire?

by Anonymous User
29 06/07/2018 10:29PM
Last Post by A. Mathauser

Hamine Jasper? Attachments

by Janine Monica
12 06/07/2018 08:47AM
Last Post by Alysson Rowan

Smelt Quartz?

by Kristi Hugs
75 05/19/2018 03:07PM
Last Post by Jane Loflin

Dyed selenite? Attachments

by Hiro Inukai
15 05/07/2018 05:12AM
Last Post by Hiro Inukai

Fake Silver?

by Louis Verschuren
3 05/01/2018 03:59PM
Last Post by Alan Pribula

Real or fake? Attachments

by Laura Bate
39 04/19/2018 04:00AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

Fish-egg / Frogspawn "Agate" from China

by Jolyon & Katya Ralph
30 04/17/2018 12:37PM
Last Post by Yvonne Shi

Robertson Gold Mining - 'red diamond' crystals for sale

by Nick Gilly
2 04/15/2018 10:48PM
Last Post by Jessica Guichard (2)

Is this real Agate or fake? need opinions please!

by Victoria B
15 04/13/2018 04:34PM
Last Post by Gregg Little

Red Malachite

by Gabriella Paparella
11 04/11/2018 12:40AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

I can't WAIT to get my degaussing stones! Attachments

by John Stolz
7 04/09/2018 10:14PM
Last Post by Dana Morong

Marketing Ploy - Azurite from Laos

by Michael J Stott
5 04/09/2018 08:20AM
Last Post by Michael J Stott

uh-oh--have I gotten had? Attachments

by John Stolz
12 04/08/2018 04:17AM
Last Post by John Stolz

Fake platinum nuggets Attachments

18 03/16/2018 04:41AM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Pink Amethyst

by Gabriella Paparella
9 03/13/2018 01:03AM
Last Post by Gabriella Paparella


by David Dugan
3 02/27/2018 09:10PM
Last Post by Ian Nicastro

Here's another one - danburite?

by Nick Gilly
7 01/02/2018 08:26PM
Last Post by Dana Slaughter

Fluorite or beryl?

by Nick Gilly
8 12/31/2017 03:16PM
Last Post by Erik Vercammen

Amethyst cluster question Attachments

by Puckmaren
7 12/20/2017 09:16PM
Last Post by Ed Clopton

Newbie needs help, is this Afghanite? Attachments

by Chris DiPetta
4 12/01/2017 02:27PM
Last Post by Chris DiPetta

Apophyllite Cluster Fake? / Grown? Attachments

by Michael Towns
9 11/23/2017 06:34AM
Last Post by Michael Towns

Fake Trinitite Attachments

by Mineralogical Research Company
49 10/05/2017 10:00PM
Last Post by Scott Trez

Diamonds in Conglomerate from Brazil?

by Jolyon & Katya Ralph
18 09/25/2017 02:31AM
Last Post by Norman King


by emory coons
44 09/24/2017 04:16PM
Last Post by Michael VanDyke


by Pavel Kartashov
7 09/22/2017 11:13PM
Last Post by Pavel Kartashov

Minerals Guaranteed NOT to Have Any Healing Properties Attachments

by Jeffrey Shallit
71 09/20/2017 08:53PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

Recent Buys Attachments

by zach long
5 09/12/2017 06:40PM
Last Post by Paul Brandes

Blue Halite / Carlsbad NM / real or fake? Attachments

by John Krygier
31 09/06/2017 09:27PM
Last Post by Harley Alton

Faked Sulfur Specimen? Attachments

by Jeffrey Shallit
9 08/07/2017 04:49PM
Last Post by Holger Klapproth

Are these real or fake red coral Attachments

by Ashley Wise
11 07/23/2017 02:56PM
Last Post by Owen Lewis

Irradiated quartz? Attachments

by Io Bh
8 07/03/2017 01:50PM
Last Post by Alysson Rowan

'Citrine Quartz' on ebay... Attachments

by Io Bh
4 07/03/2017 01:48PM
Last Post by Alysson Rowan
This topic has been moved.

Indonesian purple chalcedony Attachments

by Peter Slootweg
  This topic has been moved.


by Jessica Guichard (2)
8 04/02/2017 01:07PM
Last Post by Reiner Mielke

Authenticity of emerald & ruby specimens Attachments

by Trevor Boyd
16 03/29/2017 04:09PM
Last Post by Uwe Kolitsch

How to check for repair in a mineral using Microscope

by Aqua marine
7 03/27/2017 07:59AM
Last Post by Aqua marine

heads up on scam for club officials

by Don Windeler
4 03/19/2017 01:00PM
Last Post by Harold Moritz

Re: misinformation on Kambaba Jasper and Nebula Stone(TM)

by Ron Nurnberg
26 03/16/2017 01:42PM
Last Post by Stone Mania

Crystal "healing" and Darwinism

by cascaillou
6 03/08/2017 08:32PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

New Natural Gold from Venezuela Attachments

by Kristi Hugs
6 03/03/2017 12:19AM
Last Post by Kristi Hugs

E-bay laugh Attachments

by Reiner Mielke
10 02/27/2017 11:59AM
Last Post by Niels Brouwer

Nuummite fakes Attachments

by Robert Isaac
43 01/27/2017 12:41AM
Last Post by Gregg Little

£60 Diamond in Kimberlite- too good to be true?

by Joshua Chambers
4 12/29/2016 07:52PM
Last Post by Jasun D. McAvoy

A suggestion for adhesives that resist acetone

by Howard Heitner
10 12/03/2016 10:21AM
Last Post by Alfredo Petrov

Vorobyevite -- Pakistan -- do they exist?

by Scott Rider
7 11/29/2016 11:23PM
Last Post by Scott Rider

Complete ripoff?   (Pages: 1 2)

by Anonymous User
105 11/26/2016 08:30AM
Last Post by Alexander Ringel

Green volcanic glass - is this natural or artificial? Attachments

by chong wei khee
57 11/19/2016 11:04AM
Last Post by Jyrki Autio

Red Amethyst????

by Kristi Hugs
43 10/31/2016 08:23PM
Last Post by Alfredo Petrov

Ruby in Zoisite versus Ruby in Fuchsite

by Kristi Hugs
30 10/25/2016 12:18AM
Last Post by joanne

Huge Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires from eBay India sellers?

by ezg
34 10/18/2016 10:34AM
Last Post by Romain Mougeot

"Ghost Quartz" on eBay

by Katie Mary
13 10/16/2016 09:14PM
Last Post by Katie Mary

New "Mineral" Auralite

by Robert Simonoff
42 10/12/2016 11:49AM
Last Post by John Montgomery

new fakes on eBay

by arielswall
9 10/12/2016 10:12AM
Last Post by Erik Vercammen

The latest on eBay Attachments

by John Stolz
7 10/09/2016 03:44AM
Last Post by Steve Hardinger

Natural or Sharpie mark? Attachments

by Deborah Nickerson
9 09/30/2016 12:45AM
Last Post by Deborah Nickerson

New Fake? "Qigong Quartz"

by Gabriella Paparella
12 08/14/2016 05:08PM
Last Post by Yalmer F Primeau


5 08/06/2016 03:06AM
Last Post by LONG PHẠM VĂN

Quartz or Glass?

by Gabriella Paparella
20 07/20/2016 08:16AM
Last Post by TeZa

Amazing florescent mineral specimen-quartz, calcite, willemite, hardystonite, franklenite Attachments

by A. Mathauser
2 06/20/2016 12:04AM
Last Post by Doug Daniels

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