The jeweler turned the stone over and over again in his hand, rubbing it, smelling it, and examining it carefully under polarized light. He wasn’t about to buy a fake stone.
Julie waited patiently. She had no idea her stone would be subjected to so many different tests! “It’s real, I tell you. I paid good money for it.”
The jeweler looked up and shook his head. “I’m sorry to hear that,” he replied. “It’s not real amber. See? Look at it in the light.” The jeweler held the stone up to the ultraviolet light again.
Julie looked at the stone. It simply looked like the stone to her.
“As you turn it around and examine it in the light, you don’t see a rainbow full of colors, do you?” The jeweler asked.
Julie shook her head. “No. So what, though?”
“True amber would have an iridescent look under polarized light. I’m sorry, but I’m afraid what you have there isn’t really amber. The light doesn’t lie.”
Julie buried her head in her hands. Oh, why hadn’t she tested the stone before she invested everything she had to buy it?
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:11 (KJV)
“but test everything; hold fast what is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (ESV)