4 Simple Ways
Even to a trained professional it’s not always so easy to spot a fake diamond. How is that possible? The quality of fake diamonds are pretty good considering. Some stones that masquerade as diamonds are actually cubic zirconia, moissanite, crystal, or a man-made diamond created in a laboratory. They will never replace the real thing .. but fake diamonds are something everyone consumer should be aware of. With this in mind we have put together a list of 4 simple tests that should help spotting a fake.
1 – Transparency Test
Turn the diamond upside down on a piece of newspaper, so the table (the flat plane across the top of the diamond) faces down. Can you read the words on the newspaper through the diamond? If so, that stone is not a diamond. A diamond refracts light so you would not be able to make out words directly below the diamond. (Learn more about the diamond table, the largest facet, visit: anatomy of a diamond & diamond facets)
2- Weight Test
They’re much heavier! In fact, diamonds weigh about half as much as cubic zirconium, the most common “fake” diamond. Diamond carat weight is a very precise measure, and you can imagine why. Every jump in weight means a significant jump in price. In a related and important story, don’t confuse diamond weight with diamond size.
3- Loupe Test
Nobody is perfect. Using a jeweler’s loupe look for imperfections as well as color in the diamond. Almost all diamonds have some sort of imperfections. When the imperfections are internal they’re known as diamond inclusions. Completely pure diamonds are few and far between, and astronomical in price. A stone without imperfections is a big clue. Likewise with diamond color, a stone that is colorless is also extremely rare, so look for the presence of some color. For some insider tips, visit: how to use a jewelry loupe.
4 – Breath test
Ok, maybe the least impressive of the 4, but arguably the most fun. Diamonds fog up for only a couple of seconds. If you breathe on a stone and it remains fogged up for more than a few seconds, it most likely is not a real diamond.
The Only Real Guarantee
Although these tests are not foolproof, they are a good way to tell if a diamond is real. However we recommend the best way to protect yourself from buying a fake stone is to only purchase 100% certified diamonds. There is one important addition, diamond certification should be done by an independent grading lab. Mazal Diamond only works with the 3 more widely respected labs in the world: GIA, IGI & HRD.
It also doesn’t hurt to buy direct from the manufacturer. Mazal Diamond is a family business for 3 generations. We cut, polished and set the diamonds in our factory. From our family directly to you. Visit the Mazal Diamond Factory.
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