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      How To Spot A Fake Diamond

      Hi all. Does anybody know how to tell a real diamond from a fake? I’ve started a gems and jewelry reselling business and need all the help I can get.

      I was told that one fraud shipment can set me back by months as well as completely ruin my reputation.

      Please share any tricks / tips that anybody knows to spot a fake diamond?
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      In the diamond universe, real and fake are very simplistic definitions. If you are planning on joining this trade then you need to understand that there are many different kinds of man- made diamonds, grades of natural diamonds and then worthless pieces of glass that can be called fakes.

      Some common non diamond varieties include:

      Cubic Zirconia: Man- made, it is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing except for the weight which is heavier. A very popular choice in engagement rings where size is everything.

      Moissanite: This is like diamonds’s big cousin – a rare mineral in its own right which has all the glitter but radically different chemical and physical properties. It can sometimes be more expensive than a diamond and is probably the best imitation to date.

      Lab created: These are identical to natural diamonds in every way except the circumstances of their conception and of course, better affordability.

      There are a few ways to check for fakes but none is a 100% guarantee especially when used by a first timer.

      1. Turn a diamond upside down (if it’s not mounted) and try to read a newspaper through it. If you can, then chances are that you have a fake diamond since a true diamond’s dispersion properties don’t allow light to pass without refraction.

      2. It it’s mounted look through the top to the bottom – By the same principle as above if you can see the bottom then it’s a fake.

      3. Breathe on a diamond to fog it up. If the fog clears immediately, it’s real but if it takes 2-4 seconds then it’s in all likelihood a fake diamond.

      4. Under ultraviolet light, a real diamond will glow blue while a Cubic Zirconia fake diamond will glow mustard yellow.
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      There are heat probe tests; X ray tests as well as UV ray tests that can easily determine if the diamond is fake or real.

      But moissanite is the most difficult to distinguish from a diamond and requires very specialized equipment that you may not get access to easily.

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      With so many high quality imitations, only an expert can see the difference in a real and fake diamond.

      But I’ve noticed that the quality of the setting can be a dead giveaway. Fake diamonds are usually set in cheap metal or alloy without any hallmarking and don’t have sufficient prongs to keep them in place.

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      You can just tell if you look hard enough at them. The reflections of a real diamond are in shades of grey not rainbow colored as in a fake diamond.

      To be on the safe side, I only buy AGS seal diamonds.

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      Am assuming you are referring to man-made diamonds when you say `fake’ since the worthless varieties are pretty easy to make out just by looking at them.

      I would suggest that you ask for a diamond grade certificate along with the piece since that is an impartial assessment of the stone’s worth.

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      Like I said just because a stone was not formed naturally beneath the earth’s surface, doesn’t make it any less beautiful. You can get completely natural looking diamonds at a fraction of the price if you opt for man-made diamonds.

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      Crystals are also popularly used in jewelry in place of diamonds, right?

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      But they have little or no durability and no resale value. A fake diamond is one that is said to be something it is not. In that sense even a poor quality natural diamond could be a fake if sold under the guise of a higher quality one.

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      Without a professional test in lab conditions, it is virtually impossible to make out the real `quality’ or worth of a stone. Whatever popular tests exist have some caveat or other making them difficult for a layman to use.

      Best way to avoid getting cheated is to work with a reputable seller and get all the necessary certificates / bills of purchase.

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