Artificial grenade: what is this stone and how to distinguish it from natural?

Artificial grenade: what is this stone and how to distinguish it from natural?

Pomegranate is a semi-precious stone, this gem is very popular and beautiful. The stone got its name due to its amazing similarity with pomegranate branches.

Natural pomegranate, however, may not only be juicy red, but also with hooks of copper, orange, roses, greenery. A variety of colors of real stones allows you to use imitation in jewelry. You can distinguish the counterfeit yourself, but for this you need to know the properties of the natural mineral. Because of the high cost, artificial, synthetic grenade acquires greater popularity. It cannot be called fake, as it is produced in laboratories using a hydrothermal method of cultivation of natural stone crumb.


Grenades do not have such value as diamonds, emeralds, rubies or sapphires, however, their quality is very high. Mineral stone has the following characteristics:

  • durability+
  • Unpretentious care+
  • External effect.

The stone looks very elegant and noble.

Specialists belong to him to the stones of a diverse, semi-precious type.

Its breed is few and resemble a scatter grain grain, from where the name went. Shades can be diverse, varies from raspberry-burgundy to orange-copper, red-pink, black, purple, green. It all depends on which component of natural type is included in the breed. Natural stone has the properties of a mineral-crystal. Not all stones of small size, there are copies of the egg size of chicken. A real stone can be both transparent homogeneous and with inclusions.


Pomegranate became popular several hundred years ago, he was very popular, and then the jewelers were unclean on the hand began to fake the breed.

It is this mineral that is one of the symbols of the Czech state, there the scale of fraud reached unprecedented scale.

Today in jewelry stores, departments with grenade products occupy a large area. However, more than half of the stones are artificial. Imitate grenades using fianits that are painted in the desired shade. Fianit itself is an artificial stone created in the Soviet Union.

Artificial grenade is grown in laboratories and is not related to fakes. Fake a stone usually with glass or plastic analogs. Fake grenades most often make out of the faceted glass. There is even a special pomegranate glass, which are replaced with genuine stones in jewelry. In order not to buy a product with a banal glass, it is necessary to know the signs of not only natural, but also a hydrothermal, artificial grenade, which, although grown in laboratories, is still not a fake.

Features of hydrothermal stones

Such stones are grown in specialized laboratories from a natural material that remains after the cut of a natural mineral.

Laboratory stone is larger, its purity is obvious, the color is always homogeneous, uniform, without inclusion.

Stones have almost the same hardness, as well as natural, they are stored without problems. The cut is very high quality, such a gem greatly plays paints if they substitute it under the light. Artificial copy has the following characteristic signs of crystal growth lines:

  • Arcurate segments+
  • Ring-shaped segments+
  • Straight lines.

The laboratories began to grow grenades and satal in the middle of the 20th century, technologically, it is rather difficult, so the price for an artificial grenade is rather big. In the Soviet Union, created decorations with pink, purple, yellow nano-grenades. Production was very widespread.

Pomegranate or Rubin?

Sometimes the grenade itself acts as imitation – both natural and artificial. Most often they are used to replace rubies. However, you do not need to have some special knowledge to distinguish two of these stones:

  • Rubin shine is like a diamond+
  • Real Stone is not a magnetic+
  • Glow velvet, very soft, shimmering type.

How to determine authenticity?

There are several ways to determine the origin of the gem, and also find out if it is not fake. The first is a visual inspection, it will take a magnifying device, such as a magnifying glass. It is necessary to analyze the stone in the light and determine such qualities as the color, degree of transparency, size.

  • Colour. The color of the natural mineral – fragmentary type, viewing zones, gradation, color juiciness is different, different colors can be present. Artificial stone has a homogeneous, uniform color and color. Nugget contains small inclusions, hydrothermal grenade – no. If there are bubbles, in front of you glass.
  • The size. Most often, natural gem has a magnitude similar to the grains of a pomegranate fetus, after cutting it becomes even less. Large stones most often fake. Special attention needs to be given to green grenades, they are the most rare. If you meet a product with a large green grenade, most likely, this is imitation. In general, green grenades can only be bought from auction.
  • Shine and shine. Natural stone has muted radiance, glitter it is poorly expressed, close to frosiness. Artificial grenade dazzling sparkles. Light natural grenade passes partially, on the edges of the beam is refracted, which creates the effect of the game of light.

    The second method of determining the authenticity of the mineral – mechanical, here you need a characteristic of physical properties:

    • Natural and synthetic specimens are very hard and easily scratching the surface of plastic and glass type – if you are fake in front of you, it will damn the same as the surface or even more+
    • The natural mineral is heated much longer, plastic and glass is heated faster+
    • Natural gem of magnets and is electrified, you can lose it about a wool product, for example.

      In order not to happen trouble, it is necessary to acquire jewelry in stores with all the necessary certificates of conformity. If you are denied the provision of documents on the product, it is a fake. If you got a product as a gift, inheritance or other way, it can be checked by the methods specified above. If you have doubts, take the stone by a jeweler specialist for full and deep assessment.

      About how to distinguish ruby ​​from a grenade, told further.

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