How to check Authenticity of the Beads
It is not easy to figure why some rules for testing exist because many times they can be misleading.
Even an artificial Rudraksha will sink in water if kept in it for a long time. Whether a Rudraksha floats or not depends on how much moisture the bead has absorbed and has little to do with the genuineness of it. A freshly harvested Rudraksha Bead always carries more moisture in it and is heavier. Counterfeit round 1 mukhi Rudrakshas are sold both in India and Indonesia. A five mukhi bead is made to look like a one mukhi by gluing tiny pieces of Rudraksha in 4 of the grooves, leaving only one deep line to be visible. This can easily be detected by boiling the Rudraksha in water for 2-3 hours . The other hidden lines would show up in different colours as the glue begins to soften. Pieces chip off on regular wearing . Another method to remove glue that is not water soluble is to place Bead in Liquid Nitrous Oxide so it melts the more sophisticated glues.
Fake beads can also be made from wood, cork, gum or from a type of clay. As well as from the inner wood of the plant species Aquillaria agallocha and from the wood of Chestnut (Akrod) plant.
One can often times spot a fake bead by uses a magnifying glass.
To identify real Rudraksha, an expert's eye and touch is required. There is lot of variation in Rudraksha beads. Constant collection of different rudrakshas from different localities adds to one's experience in this field. It is always therefore better to purchase rudraksha beads from the authentic sources.
Rudralife offers a free Authentication Service where their might be reasonable doubt regarding authenticity for any Rudraksha Beads purchased anywhere in the world. For this service the client pays shipping charges one way and an additional charge of Rs. 50/ item to Rudralife. Another method of Authentication can take place by scanning Beads at high resolution and sending scanned pictures to Rudralife , India by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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