Dubai develops new test to spot fake gemstones

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It's now a lot easier for consumers to check the authenticity of gemstones and precious metals, thanks to a new test developed by the Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL).

Specialists at the facility run by Dubai Municipality, have come up with different methods that use laser technology to identify gemstones that might be treated with plastic. 

The tests will help distinguish between treated and untreated stones so consumers can stay informed about the quality of their purchase.

They can now know the types of treatment the amber stone has gone through - whether heat-treated or if the cavities were doctored with plastic.

DCL has played a major role in developing various tests that are beneficial for customers in different sectors – including consumables and commodities, food, efficiency and safety of electronics, and construction materials.

The laboratory is located in Dubai’s Karama area.

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