Posted 5 years ago
This pendant has been on this forum before. I lived in Kenya many years ago. While down on the beach in Mombasa I was approached by a vender who wanted me to buy this pendant/necklace, to be honest I bought it beacause it was cheap, I wanted to be left alone to walk along the beach with my kids in peace.
Fast forward many years. The first time I put this pendant on CW I really thought it was probably glass, Manikin quite rightly thought other wise and thought it could be Rhodalite, which is a part of the Garnet family.
Today I was testing some stones with my Diamond tester, I decided to test this stone, I couldn't believe it, it went to level 3 in the red. Now I'm thinking after Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires are the next hardest stones.
I have been looking through the web and they do have Rubies in East Africa. In one of the photos you can see through the stone and you can see the chain, apparently Rubies can be transparent.
As you can imagine I'm more interested in the stone, but the setting is I think Art Deco.
If anybody has a opinion, or there is Gemologist out there who maybe able to help it would be much appreciated.