Fake “diamonds” & cheap baubles from Sathya Sai Baba
Posted by robertpriddy on August 23, 2007
When did Sathya Sai Baba ever give anyone a genuine diamond? There is no proof that he ever did. Proof should be easy to get from a top accredited diamond expert, but none has ever been produced! When I went to Queen Margarethe of Denmark’s personal jeweler, Mr. P. Hertz of Copenhagen, he could not be entirely certain that the green stone (about 6 carats) was a cheap copy unless he was allowed to open the 18 carat gold casing in which it was set. I gave permission, and he found that the stone was a synthetic sapphire (originally cost about US $10 or so at the time in India) and that it’s brightness was enhanced by greenish tinfoil behind the stone. (See photo of the assay here) This was arranged so that something similar to a head would appear in the ‘gemstone’ when seen from certain angles (see image above). One can just about imagine it is Sai Baba’s fuzz. (Admittedly, devotees are great at imagining he is everywhere and miraculously present etc. and I fell into that trap occasionally somewhat).< (See full account here) One tell-tale sign that these alleged “diamonds” are not genuine is the wear and tear most of them show after being worn for a few years. Many become quite dull… while the green stones are less prone to damage being somewhere near as hard as diamonds. Diamonds NEVER scratch (unless sometimes under much pressure by other diamonds), but they can shatter if hit hard, or bits fracture off around the edges. (See documentation here).
There are many very well known persons in India who sport Sai Baba greenstone gems believing they are genuine “diamonds”. Such as T.N. Seshan, former President of the Electoral Commission of India, Mr. Indulal Shah – former Chairman of the International Sathya Sai Organization. The current Chairman of the Sathya Sai Organization, Dr. Michael Goldstein wears one, and also Mr. Victor Kanu of Zambia who runs an authoritarian Sai school there. There are many more wearers. One can see such a ring which was almost identical to the one I wore here – worn by my former friend Mr. Robert Bruce (who has cut me off totally because I am not a believer any more). Robert Bruce told me when comparing our green stones that some supposed ‘expert’ had told him these were worth about 5 or 6 million dollars each! One has to laugh! Many Indian Ministers wear supposed “Sai Baba diamonds” – white or even ruby coloured sometimes. Interestingly, there is NOT ONE RELIABLE DOCUMENT confirming that any such stone is genuine. It may be that Sai Baba actually did give the occasional genuine diamond away to very important Indian leaders who he could fear might expose his fraud (he could certainly afford it).