Identifying Fake Diamonds Tips & Tricks
It is not rare that someone will try to trick into buying a synthetic moissanite or cubic Zirconia engagement ring for the price of a small diamond ring. You need to be extremely careful when purchasing diamonds on the “open market”, and always get an expert opinion on its estimate value, grading, and so on. Also, you might have a beautiful ring that might look like a diamond, but you are not really sure. Keep reading to find out some of the best tips and tricks on how to identify if the diamond is a fake…
Diamonds are not transparent
Take a close look at the diamond, by holding it against a strong light. If it is transparent, you are probably dealing with a fake. Diamonds are famous for their very high refractive index, which means they disperse/reflect light. Another good test, is to place the stone facing upside down on the page of a book with very small letters. If you are able to actually read the letters through the stone, that is a fake diamond you own.
Diamonds are scratched only by diamonds
So, if you have your reasonable doubts that your diamond is fake, follow this test. Rub a little piece of sandpaper against the diamond. If you can see any scratches on the surface of the stone, your suspicions are now confirmed. This is not a real diamond, but some other kind of stone. Diamonds are the hardest natural substance known to man, and they can be scratched only by another diamond.
Always buy certified diamonds
In order to avoid any problems related to fake stones, make sure to purchase Certified Diamonds. The certification will become your proof of value, and it is an indispensable document if you want to sell the diamond in the future. Some of the most reputable gemological labs issuing such certificates include the International Gemological Institute or the Gemological Institute of America. The authenticity and realistic features of the diamond will be displayed within such a certificate.
Flawless diamonds are extremely rare
Diamonds with a perfect clarity, without any blemish or inclusion are the most expensive on Earth. They are extremely rare too. There are almost no two diamonds that are exactly the same, and absolute perfection is probably not something that will come with a pair of usual earrings or an engagement ring…unless you spent millions. Within your certification, you will be able to check features regarding the quality of the diamond such as clarity or carat. If you do not have a certificate, and you suspect that your diamond might be fake, the best thing to do is to have it evaluated professionally. You will quickly find out whether or not your diamond is a fake.
Things to keep in mind:
Always buy diamonds through reputable sources
Make sure you will get a diamond with a certification
Do not sell your diamond until you get a professional evaluation
Do not buy diamonds advertised with 50% discounts. Their value does not drop to such an extent