Matlins’ Ruby Exposé on Good Morning Ameria Confirmed by GIA: Lead-Glass Rubies Now Categorized as Manufactured, Artificial Product
By Antoinette Matlins, PG
Until recently, it has been a long and agonizing effort to get other major labs to take a stand on this product. This is why, after such a long and arduous journey, I was happy to see the European community announce almost a year ago that these products could not be sold as “natural ruby”—treated or otherwise. But, there was still a gaping hole: Gemological Institute of America, GIA, was still identifying the product as “corundum,” variety ruby, on their reports, albeit with comments about glass and the need for care. Nonetheless, their identification of the material was ruby and so the unscrupulous continued to deceive and exploit trade and consumers alike.
A few days ago, I read with a sense of joy that the GIA is now calling these products “manufactured”! This is a huge milestone, as any other lab that refused to identify the lead-glass rubies will have no choice but to follow GIA’s advisory. Yesterday, GIA also released a great video, which makes its report very clear: http://www.gia.edu/media/videos/GD-Lead-Glass-Filled-Ruby.html
If you want to have some fun, you should compare it to what was said on the Good Morning America segment three years ago: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/ConsumerNews/rubies-real-deal/story?id=8988951.
GIA’s statement this week is a “major step for mankind....” Okay, maybe that’s a stretch; I couldn’t resist!