Recently there has been an influx of glass filled rubies on the market, which has created quite a stir in the jewelry industry. And while they can be beautiful, these glass filled rubies most often hit the market without any disclosure of the treatment, hence, they can also be disasters waiting to happen.
As a friend once said, glass filled rubies are like shattered rubies that have been dunked in a bucket of glue to hold them together. Once the glue dries, the treatment is essentially undetectable to the untrained eye…
Arthur Skuratowicz, recognized expert in gemology and founder of JewelryTrainingCenter.com, recently gave an intriguing presentation on glass filled rubies to our Mile High GIA Alumni Association. The articles that follow will give you insight on how to identify glass-filled rubies, and what can happen to them when the treatment goes undetected. If you’re in the market for a ruby, I strongly suggest you read these articles over the next two days.
Articles Written By:
Arthur Anton Skuratowicz GJG (GIA) JewelryTrainingCenter.com
Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers
Julie Nash ASA, GJG (GIA)
Master Gemologist Appraiser ®
Co-authors of the book:
Working With Gemstones: A Bench Jewelers Guide
Anton Nash LLC
Independent Jewelry Appraisers
An American Gem Society Accredited Gemological Laboratory
Valuation Through Ethics and Expertise