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About Rudraksha Certification

Numerous Rudraksha sellers may offer 'lab-tested and certified' Rudraksha beads from one or more laboratories. Know that in most of these cases, the value of the so-called certificate or certification is negligible because these labs are fake or non-existent, or the certificate is a deception at best. Many times, the Rudraksha bead wholesalers own these so-called labs, which are only on paper and lack any certified gemmologist or equipment. They sell to retailers, and unsuspecting buyers end up purchasing fake Rudraksha beads from them with these "self-made certificates" that had no genuine testing done on the beads. As a result, there is a great deal of ambiguity in these labs regarding the certificate and the certification process. A simple inquiry into affiliations, tests performed, and equipment owned by the lab will reveal the lab's legitimacy.

The main idea is that the lab's credibility is only as good as the person or organization certifying the beads in the lab. Since 2008, the Rudraksha business has grown exponentially, and many of those who have entered it have only the intention of making a profit. They know less about Rudraksha beads, their quality, and their testing. They are able to sell to buyers who, on average, do not have much knowledge.

There are labs which provide x-ray certificates also but a study of certificates from them has shown the below discrepancies:

They keep silent about incomplete lines in a mukhi and classify them as complete. Note that if a mukhi line of a Rudraksha does not run from one end and completes at the other end, the bead is fit to be rejected. Lines that are partial or 50% or even 75% come in this category. The bead will also not work for the rest of the lines that are complete.

They classify the bhadraksha beads as Rudraksha. Note that Bhadraksha beads do not have a natural hole in the centre and they do not work like Rudraksha. Commonly one mukhi Nepal sold in the market is a bhadraksha bead from Haridwar or South India.

They classify the beads that are glued together as genuine. This is commonly seen in Trijuti and Gauri Shankar beads. The x-ray will show that there are seeds inside but it requires a lot more in-depth knowledge to know that the 2 or 3 different parts of the bead are not naturally joined.

They classify the giant Rudraksha beads from Papua New Guinea as Nepal Rudraksha beads.

They consider the tempered beads to be genuine. It should be noted that suppliers frequently glue pieces together to repair broken lines or conceal some mukhi lines in order to obtain a rare mukhi such as 1 mukhi, 2 mukhi, or 14 mukhi.

They label the bead as a round mukhi bead instead of a Gauri Shankar as that fetches a higher price.

Some of the fake certificate being issued by these “labs” are mentioned below:

Fake Round One mukhi certificate issued by very Famous Lab in Delhi

One mukhi broken from a Sawar Rudraksha and passed as authentic One mukhi Rudraksha



About Fake Rudraksha Beads

Due to the high demand and low supply of higher-mukhi Rudraksha beads and one mukhi Rudraksha beads which results in higher costs, many traders indulge in the supply of fake Rudraksha beads. There are a few ways in which unscrupulous buyers are duped like carving of additional mukhis, beads made of casting with Trishul/Shivling/Snake markings, sticking beads together, bhadraksha being sold as Rudraksha and much more. Rudrakshas such as 1 mukhi, 1 mukhi round, 21 mukhi and Trijuti are highly faked. Many times, hybrid Rudraksha beads or Rudraksha beads from Indonesia or India are sold as Nepali Rudraksha as Rudraksha beads from Nepal are far more expensive than other beads.

Fake Round One mukhi with Stem

Carved Fake 21 mukhi

Fake One Round One Mukhi

Hybrid Rudraksha

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Testing of Authenticity of Rudraksha beads

The only reliable and conclusive method to check the authenticity of a Rudraksha bead is through an X-ray/CT scan. Other method is to cut open the bead and check but it will destroy the bead. Using an X-ray of the bead one can check whether the bead is authentic or is fake or manipulated. A genuine Rudraksha bead will have same number of compartments with seeds in them as claimed. This can be established through an X-ray.

There are some other methods which are popular to test the authenticity of Rudraksha but THESE GIVE UNRELIABLE RESULTS AND WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THEM:

Copper Coin Test

When the Rudraksha bead is kept between two copper coins the beads starts to rotate slightly due to the magnetic properties of the Rudraksha beads. However, this is not true; the said test does not yield accurate results.

Milk Test

It is believed that when a Rudraksha bead is kept soaked in milk then the milk doesn’t go bad. However, this is not true; the said test does not yield accurate results.

Water Sink Test

Genuine Rudraksha beads sink when dropped in water and fake ones made out of casting float. This again is not an authentic method to check authenticity as if a piece of metal embedded in the casting the fake bead will sink too. Many times, even a fresh genuine bead with less density will float and only sink after a period of time as they absorb moisture and oil.

The above mentioned 3 methods are not reliable methods to check the authenticity of the Rudraksha beads. As mentioned, the only dependable test is an X-ray.


How are we different?

Since more than two decades, Rudra Centre has been the most trusted and reputed organization dealing in Rudraksha beads. We are the world's first and foremost ISO certified Rudraksha organization, and we were the first to create a website about Rudraksha beads in 1997. We are led by Sakhashree Neeta, who has spent more than two decades researching Rudraksha beads in order to understand how to select and string them correctly in order to provide the most benefit to our clients. We stay up to date on what's going on in the Rudraksha market and maintain close contact with farmers and traders. As the largest buyer of mukhi beads from Nepal and Indonesia, we have a monopoly on both price and quantity. We have an in-house experienced quality and QC team that is trained and supervised by Sakhashree and selects and handpicks only the best and premium beads that are heavy and lustrous, have a complete mukhi line, are free of any tempering, and are free of insect or fungus infestation. It is worth noting that for every lot of Rudraksha beads we receive from Nepal or Indonesia, only about 30% of the beads are found to be fit for use, with the remainder being returned to the farmers and traders, who then sell to other purchasers. Sakhashree Neeta personally checks and selects all higher mukhi beads (above 14 mukhi). It's no surprise that most of our clients don't want any certificates from us because receiving one from her is a grace in itself.

Rudraksha Certification through Rudra Centre Labs

Rudra Centre Labs was founded to fill a void in the Indian market for a professional, dependable, and well-equipped Rudraksha testing laboratory. We recognize the growing importance of a quality laboratory for both retailers and end users. Thus, in response to India's scarcity of quality Rudraksha beads testing laboratories, Rudra Centre established the Rudra Centre Labs. Rudra Centre Lab is a private, independent laboratory that provides Rudraksha testing services to a global clientele. The team behind Rudra Centre Labs has over 25 years of experience in the Rudraksha and gems trade. Unlike others, we are completely transparent about our operations, affiliations, and how and which tests we conduct.

Rudra Centre Labs has begun operations with the mission of providing the most comprehensive and trusted Rudraksha Testing Services available. We use cutting-edge technology and highly trained professionals to verify authenticity and maximum parameters and present the data with extreme precision. We are an ISO-certified organization that adheres to stringent quality control measures and other processes to ensure that our clients receive only the best services at the most competitive prices, whether they are members or non-members.

Equipment Used for Rudraksha Testing at Rudra Centre Laboratories

  • Digital (Dental) X-Ray Machine
  • Digital Weighing Scale
  • Digital Micrometer
  • Vernier Caliper
  • Magnification Glass
  • Specific Gravity Tester
  • Vacuum Oven and Dryers
  • Boiling Water Bath
  • Shore Hardness Tester
  • Electrical Conductivity Tester
  • Compound Microscope
  • Equipment for Herbicide Treatment of Rudraksha
  • Melting Point Apparatus
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning Bath

Rudraksha Test Procedure at Rudra Centre Labs

  • Rudraksha Visual Observation Under Magnification by team of Experts to Determine Origin, Shape, Color and to check the mukhi lines whether they are natural and complete, to check if they are any artificial line or any defects.
  • Rudraksha Specifications measured by Digital Vernier Caliper & Weighing Scale.
  • Specific Gravity Test to check density and to check if Rudraksha floats or sinks in water.
  • Boiling Water Test to check if the beads have not been glued or parts have not been artificial stuck to the Rudraksha beads.
  • Shore Hardness Test to check the age and maturity of the beads.
  • Electrical conductivity tests to determine the electrical power and potency of the beads.
  • Cleaning of the beads using water, lemon, herbs using a brush to remove any dry skin left and to kill any bacteria or pests in the Rudraksha.
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning Bath to ensure there is no bacteria or pests in the beads.
  • Drying using Dryer and then using Vacuum Drying Oven.
  • X-ray is taken of the beads using a Dental X-ray Machine and this X-ray is carefully studied by our laboratory technicians, who have been trained in the selection and identification of Rudraksha for the past 20 years. These are people who have been with us since the company's inception 25 years ago and have extensive experience in identifying all types of Rudraksha beads. They fill out the test parameters and prepare the draft certificate, which is then sent to one of our panel of experts listed below, along with the bead, for final inspection. The lab certificate is issued once the expert has approved it.

The Parameters mentioned on the Rudraksha Laboratory Tested Certificate are explained below

  • Certificate Serial No - A unique certificate number which you may authenticate online anytime
  • Identified as - Final conclusion is established and mentioned
  • Origin - Origin of the bead is checked
  • Color - Accurate color of the bead is ascertained
  • Species – Accurate species of the bead is ascertained (Elaeocarpus ganitrus, Elaeocarpus ganitrus Roxb)
  • Mounted – When the bead is mounted in a mala, bracelet or capping
  • Weight – Precise weight of the bead is taken
  • Dimensions – Precise dimensions of the bead is measured (length x breadth x height)
  • Shape – Correct Shape is established visually
  • Specific gravity - Specific gravity of the bead is determined
  • Real Faces - Correct number of faces (mukhi) are determined under magnification
  • Artificial Faces - Bead is checked to establish any artificial or incomplete mukhi
  • Test Carried Out Tests such as X-ray, Microscopic Inspection, Spectrometer Test
  • Any Other Tests Any other test which is done on client’s request is mentioned like CT scan
  • Observations – Any other observations found are mentioned
  • Comments – Final comments if any are mentioned

Additional parameters for malas/bracelets/combinations - No. of Beads

At Rudra Centre we provide different kinds of certification. One is the certificate issued after performing all the tests except the X ray. The bead undergoes strict observation tests, specific gravity, boiling water, shore hardness and conductivity test and our technicians determine the parameters of the certificate. This is ideal for Rudraksha which are commonly available (3 mukhi – 12 mukhi beads, Gauri Shankar, Ganesh, Garb Gauri, Sagar). Since these beads are commonly available usually, they are not manipulated. The psychology of a trader who sells these fake beads is that he wishes to sell Fake Rare beads at high price points and earn as much profit as possible.

The other certificate is issued which has X ray report as well is ideal for Rare beads like 1 mukhi, Trijuti, 13 mukhi to 21 mukhi. The price of X ray certificate is INR 500.

We also provide Free Online Observation Test to check genuinity of any Rudraksha bead. You may send us high resolution images at contact@rudracentre.com or WhatsApp on +9170211 80033 Send photos of top view, bottom view and side view showing all lines from head to tail, you may send a video also.

Our Panel of Experts

Rudra Centre Labs has a distinguished group of individuals as its panel of experts who also act as the managing body of the operations & vision.

Sakhashree Neetaji

Sakhashree Neetaji is considered by many as the epitome in the field of Rudraksha and Healing. She is the Founder of Rudraksha Ratna Science Therapy (RRST), which she developed after 17 years of research on Rudraksha and Gemstones and their influence on people, as well as information gleaned from ancient Puranas, Upanishads, and other Scriptures. Sakhashree Neeta took charge of Rudra Centre in the year 2000, upon her return to India after residing for ten years in Indonesia. Since then, she has helped people worldwide with her studies into the proper usage of spiritual items. She maintains a busy schedule counseling individuals and lecturing at seminars/conferences; her sessions have helped CEOs, Film stars, bureaucrats, and people from all walks of life.

Mr. Divij Sharma

Mr. Divij Dutt Sharma is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from BITS at Pilani University. He joined the company in 2015 and is passionate about Astrology and Chakra Science. For his proficiency in Vedic Astrology he has been awarded with ‘Astro Vastu Fair Achievement Award 2021’ by Maa Sharda Jyotishdham Anusandhan Sansthanam (Reg.) Indore during their 25th International Jyotish Vastu Seminar & Jyotish Fair on 6 – 7th March 2021 at Hotel Avika, Ujjain.

Mr. Gopinathan Ponmanadiyil

Gopinathan Ponmanadiyil is an expert in Science of Vedic Astrology and Chakra balancing. He holds Chakra Yog workshops for the benefit of people to enhance the awareness of Chakras. He is an accredited supplier of Rudraksha, Gemstones, Parad (Mercury) items, Yantras and other Spiritual items in Canada. The intention of this website is to make these gifts of nature accessible to everyone to lead an empowered life. Gopinathan can provide services in English, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam.

Mr. Aashish Gupta

Aashish Gupta is well experienced Astrologer, Vastu Feng Shui Expert, Numerologist and Bio-Energy Practitioner. Inner calling guided him to attain in-depth knowledge in Astrology, Vastu Feng Shui, Chakra Sciences, Bioenergetics, Vedic Numerology, Reiki, Color Therapy, Gem Therapy & Rudraksha Therapy. He can identify financial, physical and emotional blockages and can help in gaining stability in life, attracting money opportunities, achieving better health, better social connections and relationships, eliminate anxiety and depression, attain self-confidence, enjoying sleep, getting good education, better physical, emotional and financial support. In a nutshell to help regain and attain abundance in all the aspects of life.

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