All proof that any of the 'gemstones' in Sathya Sai Baba rings are genuine is completely lacking, while proof would be easy to obtain from any fully accredited diamond expert. Yet none has ever been forthcoming! On the contrary: when Queen Margarethe of Denmark’s personal jeweler, Mr. P. Hertz of Copenhagen, examined my supposed ‘green diamond ring’, he said he could not be entirely sure that the green gem (about 5-6 carats) was a fake unless he could open the 18 carat gold casing in which it was set so that the rear of the stone was concealed. When I allowed this, he found the stone to be a synthetic sapphire (originally worth about US $10 or so at the time in India – or perhaps even less, since such stones are now being advertised on the Internet for tiny sums). It’s brightness had been enhanced by a piece of greenish tinfoil behind the stone, protected by the rear casing. (The professional assay was photographed, see here) The tinfoil was arranged so that the appearance of a vague silhouette of a head would appear in the stone when seen from certain angles (as seen in the images above). One can just about imagine it is Sai Baba’s fuzzy head. (However, devotees are experts at imagining he is everywhere and miraculously omnipresent etc. which influenced my mind for some time until I studied how it was a reproducible effect with the correct shading and light.
That the stone is a fake conflicts totally with what Sathya Sai Baba let us understand about it when he gave it to me at an interview on Dec. 23'rd, 1986. It was something for which I never asked, but to refuse in that situation was unthinkable. No more, however! Devotees said it was such a great honour and - until that time - very few persons had been given such large 'green diamond' rings. Among those few who had were: 1) the former and subsequent International Chairmen of the Sathya Sai Organisation, Mr. Indulal Shah and Dr. Michael Goldstein 2) The Head of Administration at the Vidyagiri ‘deemed’ University - Mr. Kanhaia Jee, 3) Mr. Victor Kanu, who runs an authoritarian Sai school in Zambia, and 4) Mr. Robert Bruce 5) Professor Keith Crichlow 6) Mr. Antonio Craxi (Apropos, Mrs. Craxi stated the opinion that green rings are "power rings”. But her husband was unable to help keep his brother, Bettino Craxi, in power, not with the help of his ring (nor with their Mafia connections, for that matter.) Mr. B. Craxi, who visited Sathya Sai Baba in Puttaparthi while he was Italy's Prime Minister, died recently as a criminal in exile in Tunis, fleeing a conviction in Italy to about 18 years in prison plus massive multi-million dollar fines.
Another giveaway that these alleged “diamonds” are not real is the wear and tear they mostly show after being worn for a few years. I saw this on the green gemstone of Mrs. Maynard Ferguson, which was scratched so much (from washing up, she said) that it was very dull. Those green stones which are synthetic sapphires are, however, very hard and 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 chip and shatter if hit hard, and tiny bits can fracture off around the edges. (See documentation here).
Many important politicians, judges, famous sportsmen and – of course – Sai Baba VIPs and other devotees wear Sai Baba greenstone gems, evidently in the belief that they are the genuine thing! Such persons include T.N. Seshan, former President of the Electoral Commission of India, Mr. Indulal Shah - former Chairman of the International Sathya Sai Organization. The present Chairman of the world-wide Sathya Sai Organization, Dr. Michael Goldstein flaunts one, and also the eccentric devotee ‘schoolmaster’, Mr. Victor Kanu, who runs an authoritarian Sai school in Zambia. Such a ring - almost identical to the one I wore here – is still worn all the time by a former friend Mr. Robert Bruce (who – since I informed him about the discovery about my ring, cut me off totally. This is how virtually all believers behave, a telling expression of their much-vaunted ‘love for others’? Fortunately, more and more of them eventually come to realise that they have been victims of massive deceptions and a clandestine conspiracy to cover up countless unacceptable and criminal goings-on When comparing our two green stones, Robert Bruce informed me that some Australian ‘expert’ on opals had said that these were worth about 5 or 6 million dollars each! Many Indian Ministers wear supposed “Sai Baba diamonds” - white or even ruby coloured sometimes. Interestingly, there is NOT A SINGLE DOCUMENT, reliable or otherwise, stating that any such stone is genuine. It may yet be that Sai Baba actually did give the occasional real diamond away to the very most important Indian leaders (for he could fear they might otherwise expose his fraudulence. Besides, he could easily afford it out of the massive donated funds he receives for 'helping the poor and suffering' which he mostly uses for quite other purposes!) suffering' which he mostly uses for quite other purposes!)