To meet the ever increasing demand rudraksha beads, sellers have started manufacturing rarely available beads such as one faced Rudraksha body (The Ek Mukhi Rudraksha) etc. Beads of Bhadraksha, Areca nut, Nutmeg or Tulsi are used to fashion Rudraksha Beads. There is much confusion on Real Rudraksha. There has been practice of cheating people with fake rudraksha. And few buyer do not have faith with the current rudraksha market.
Read below the way for testing Rudraksha beads:
A fool proof method is to cut the Rudraksha bead horizontally. One will find the same number of compartments as that of the number of lines . However the drawback the bead gets destroyed.
The other is to find out whether the beads exhibit properties like inductance, capacitance, conduction of electric current etc.
The copper coin test:
If Rudraksha beads are placed between two copper coins it should rotate slightly. This is due to the physical and magnetic properties of the Rudraksha beads. This test requires a high level of expertise.
A fake or the artificial Rudraksha may look like a real one. In Rudraksha the facets or the mukhis means deep lining from the upper part to the lower part of Rudraksha. Looking at these deep linings (facets) with the help of a magnifying glass, one can easily recognize a real Rudraksha.
Some times a higher valued Rudraksha (Gaurishankar Rudraksha or a Trijuti) are made by artificially joining two or three Rudraksha with the help of glue etc. In case of doubt such Rudraksha should be boiled in water for one to two hours. A sharp discoloration will take place at the joint in case of artificial Rudraksha.
The test wherein the Rudraksha Bead dips in water (commonly known as water test) is not dependable.
Water Sink Test:
A fake Rudraksha made out of wood and impregnated with lead will sink in water thereby giving a false impression of a real Rudraksha.
Some times a rare available Rudraksha (like one mukhi) is made by tempering other easily available real Rudraksha beads of lesser value. Such Rudraksha will also sink in water .
Still it is one of the most popular methods to test the beads and many times gives accurate results.