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Know the Difference Between Real and Fake Diamonds

Batul Nafisa Baxamusa Oct 21, 2018
You do not need a trained eye to catch a fake diamond. If you know what to look for in diamonds, you can save yourself from being cheated. Learn how to tell the difference between real and fake diamonds by going through the following article.
Diamonds are shiny, colorless stones that make the eyes of the beholder sparkle in awe. Since time immemorial, they have been a girl's best friend and the ultimate treasure to possess by mankind. People spend thousands and millions of dollars to own them.
Money can buy the best diamonds. However, all that sparkles is not diamond.
The thugs try to pass on fake stones as real and rob people off their hard-earned money. So, if you want to buy real diamond for yourself or anyone, it's important to learn the difference between the real and the fake diamonds to help you get the right stone for the price you pay.

How to Tell the Difference

If you do not have a trained eye to spot the real diamonds and the fake ones, how would you know the difference?
There are a few characteristics which no fakes can match the real ones. Knowing these characteristics definitely helps one compare the real and fake diamond.
You must be aware, diamonds are made of carbon that has been compressed beneath the earth's surface for hundreds of centuries. Real diamonds rate 10 on the Mohs scale, making them the hardest mineral found on earth.
It can scratch glass, ruby, sapphire, and even fake diamonds, which are known as Cubic Zirconia (CZ). The Cubic Zirconia are made of glass, which makes them sparkle and shine just like a real diamond. Therefore, one needs to understand the subtle differences in real and fake diamonds.

See through the diamond

The real stone breaks off the reflection of the dot, which makes it impossible for clear perception.
However, the fake diamond is made of glass, so you can see the dot clearly. Another test is the newspaper test. If you go to a shop to purchase diamonds, never look at them over the jeweler's white tray. Ask for a newspaper or a printed piece of paper.
Place the diamond on the print and see through it. If you can read the alphabets or designs printed on the paper through the diamond, then it is fake. Spotting vague black marks or spots also proves that the diamond is fake. If the diamond is mounted, check the bottom. If you can see it while looking directly from the top, then the stone is fake.

Reflection says it all

When you have a look at a real diamond, you will be able to observe reflections that have shades of gray. A fake or low quality diamond will give out rainbows or colorful reflections.

Foggy Affair

The best method to put the debate of real vs. fake diamonds to rest is to go for a fog test. All you need to do is bring the diamond close to your mouth and breathe over it. If you find that the stone remains foggy for about 2-4 seconds, the diamond is a sure shot fake. If it were a real diamond, it would have cleared off even before you had a look at it.

Joint Issue

Many cheats tend to use a real diamond cap over a fake bottom. In order to check if this is the case, you need to put your diamond into a glass of water. When you do this, you will be able to spot a joint, if any, and understand you are being cheated.

All Round Affair

A real diamond will reflect light from all sides, whereas a fake one will not. You need to check your diamond from a side angle and look at the shine. If it's a real stone, it will shine all around. A fake one will fail this test, as it will appear dull on the sides.

Heat is All it Takes

A heat test is the simplest and most effective way to compare real and fake diamonds. Heat up your diamond for about 30 seconds or so. You will find that the real diamond does not feel hot even after you take it out of the heat. This is because a real diamond disperses heat rapidly. A fake will, however, become hot and you can make it out as a fake.

Scratch Me Not

Diamond is the hardest mineral on earth, thus, it is very difficult to spot scratches and scuffing on it. But, if you own a fake diamond, you will find that it is full of light scratches and scuffing. Just hold a magnifying glass against the stone and you will be able to see these light blemishes.

Sharp at the Corner

Again, as diamonds are very hard, they can be easily sharpened at the edges. This makes the facets look very sharp on a real diamond. The facets will have a soft and rounded appearance on a fake diamond, as they cannot take on much of the cutting.
This was all about what you need to know to spot the difference between diamonds. If you are doubtful, just check these characteristics in the stone you are holding in your hand. Apart from the 4 C's of diamonds, these characteristics are a dead giveaway in case you have a doubt.