Gemstones. Helping You Choose Genuine Goods.

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This guide is written by Mod Bodies to help you select the right seller to purchase your gem-set body jewellery from and the standards you should be looking for. Our guides are designed to help you, the buyer, make your own decisions and judgements.

For a buyer with little or no experience with buying gem-set jewellery, it can be quite difficult deciding what is real and what is fake.  Most of us are happy to spend a couple of dollars on an item just because a stone is a pretty colour. Who cares if it's a CZ or coloured glass if it's cheap and you just love it? The problem arises when you start to spend tens or hundreds of dollars on an item because you specifically want an Amethyst, Emerald or even a Diamond. Well, the list below are a words you should give careful consideration when looking to buy geniune gemstones. I would like to add that any of the terms used below are real words that really don't have a misleading definition as such. When they are used by sellers who are not out to confuse you, they are invaluable in descriptons as they are honest. Sadly, more sellers these days are using the words below to confuse you, the buyer, into thinking you are buying something more special than the what the definition actually states.

  • Created or Lab-Created: It even has it's own catgory on ebay now! It means man-made. Men don't make genuine Diamonds, Emeralds and Amethysts. Mother Earth produces these pretties herself.

  • Simulated: See above!

  • Diamonique: This word is perfectly fine if you know what it means. For those of you that don't know (Which was me until I got into the jewellery trade 7 years ago) it's meaning is basically CZ or Cubic Zirconia. This word has been made a registered trade mark by a company as their word for Cubic Zirconia because it sounds more glamorous. It is NOT another word for diamond.

  • Rhinestone: Again, perfectly fine if you know what it is. For those that don't know it is a fancy name for a faceted stone made of glass.

The above words and definitions are there for you to help make up your own mind. Too often a seller will write "created diamond" or "genuine rhinestone".  This is fine and not deemed dishonest, it is a lovely yet misleading way of saying "FAKE DIAMOND" and "GENUINE PIECE OF GLASS".  You see the pattern here...

I would like to add to this guide that be careful when buying Swarovski cystal. Just because something is crystal does not automatically mean it is Swarovski. Just because somebody tells you it is Swarovski, doesn't mean that it is the genuine article. Swarovski have their own special methods of producing a more brilliant shine to their items and cutting their crystals and sadly, even my trained eye cannot tell the difference easily but some things to avoid are spamming of this word in listing titles. Sometimes a seller might write "Swarovski" in the title to gain your attention and not in the listing description. This rings alarm bells in my head and would convince me to look elsewhere.

CZ (Cubic Zirconias) also get a bad rap in this fashion. A CZ is a man-made or synthetic stone and is often used as a cheap substitution for a Diamond. That is all well and good when the seller tells you that it's a CZ but all too often we are now seeing "Diamond CZ" on eBay. It is possible to have a piece of jewellery with both Diamonds and Cubic Zirconias in but they are not the same thing. CZs come in many colours and are, as I said, a man-made substitution. People who say "Imitation Diamond" and "lab-created Diamond" are usually referring to Cubic Zirconias.

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