Everyone knows the familiar saying ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ and as one of the most precious and beautiful gems on the planet, it’s easy to see why. We mainly use diamonds in jewelry and oftentimes, diamond jewelry is bought or used for special occasions.
Whether for an engagement ring, a pair of earrings for a special birthday or a watch for a wedding anniversary, diamonds are easily the creme la creme of jewelry gems.
However, diamonds become somewhat less of a best friend if it turns out they are fake and unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly easier for fraudulent gems to enter the market.
These fake diamonds can be extremely similar to their genuine counterparts and cubic zircon in particular have a marked likeliness to diamond. Even glass jewels have been known to fool unsuspecting jewelry owners.
When it is discovered that a diamond is fake, it can be very upsetting to those who thought they owned a precious jewel. Not only does it decrease the sentimental value somewhat, it also decreases the actual value of the piece of jewelry.
Many see their expensive jewelry as an investment, either to sell on when necessary or pass on to children as a way of setting up a nest egg for when they grow up. For these reasons, it is important to know whether the diamond you are buying or already own is a fake.
One of the most simple ways of doing this is taking it into a jewelry store and have it valued by a professional. However, there are also some simple ways of checking your jewelry at home. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is:
It is common knowledge that diamonds are expensive and this is partly why they are so precious.
Imitation diamonds will be a lot cheaper and this is usually one of the best indicators of a fake when purchasing a diamond. If you seem to be getting an extremely good deal, it is likely that the diamond you are buying is not real.
At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. It is also worth noting that the mount will also be indicative of whether the diamond is genuine; it is unlikely that a pure diamond would be set in anything other than a precious metal. If it is not set in real gold, silver or platinum, you may want to question whether the stone is real too.
f you want to check the value of the metal surrounding your diamonds, it’s worth looking at a gold calculator. This is a good place to start checking the real worth of your jewelry. Real diamonds are flawed:
It is a misconception that the perfect diamond will be flawless. This is simply not true and if your diamond has minuscule flecks in it, this is a good sign that your gem is real. Often the only way you can see these is through a microscope, so if you don’t have one handy then there are other ways to test this.
You shouldn’t be able to see through the gem. If you lay it on a piece of newspaper and can still see the print through it, then you should seriously think about whether you have a fake or not. Cubic zircon are actually much more flawless than real diamonds.
These are a few tests you can do at home to see whether your diamond is a fake or not. Some suggest using sandpaper or other scratching methods to see if the stone gets damaged; however this is not the best idea as you may not want to damage the jewelry even if it is fake. Saying that, diamonds are one of the hardest substances known and should not get damaged if scratched.