Muscat: After coming across people, who were cheated into buying cheap gems for a higher price, Fahad Mahmood Al Balushi decided to open a gem testing lab, which would help people differentiate between authentic and synthetic gems
and create awareness about the issue.
Knowing what not to buy--keeping up on the latest treatments and enhancements--is a key part of building the gem collection, although the ROM does purposely pick up examples of enhanced and synthetic gems
for its teaching collection, most recently glass-filled rubies, which regularly turn up on the market.
Recent deals include May leases by jeweler Finlay at 529 Fifth Avenue and Hong Kong-based store Carat, which sets upscale synthetic gems
in precious metals, at 509 Madison.
Some synthetic gems
can fool even the most practiced eye.