Aqeeq originally has dotted, needle-like, cloudy and feather-like veins (streaks). These streaks may even be of a different color. The veins created in artificial Aqeeq are artificial and not as mineral and natural as the original ones. If you have two Aqeeq, one original and one artificial, the heavier is the original Aqeeq.
Aqeeq is only 3 degrees less hard than diamond, so this hardness is one of the ways of pricing Aqeeq and distinguishing its original from fakes. For example, if you have a synthetic Aqeeq ring and rub a rough woolen cloth on it, it will be scratched, but the surface of the original Aqeeq will be more polished.
Original Aqeeq has nature contrary to the season i.e. cool in the summer and warm in the winter while the synthetic type change with temperature changes. Red Aqeeqs are the most wanted and the rarest of Aqeeqs. Some Aqeeq dealers heat other types of Aqeeq and then inject the red color of some metals, such as iron rust to the stone. Recognising the original of this type of Aqeeq is not everyone’s job and requires professional tools and expertise.
Pay attention to the transparency of the stone. The artificial type is more transparent than the natural. Natural Aqeeq has some irregularity in transparency, and sometimes you can see veins and clouds inside it, while the synthetic type has transparency similar to glassware. However, it should be noted that there are natural and highly valuable stones that are very clear and smooth.
Natural gems have a bright and distinct color, while the artificial type is duller. Natural stones have bright colors and clear veins. If you look closely at the natural type, small dense red spots can be seen on the red stripes. The artificial type has a petal pattern.
- It cannot be burned with fire.
- Can scratch glass.
- Yemeni Aqeeq shows shapes such as bubbles or beehive in front of light. (Not always)
- Sharp objects have no effect on it and do not leave a trace unless their hardness is very high.