How to Spot a Fake Diamond

Fake Diamond

If you have a diamond in hand, and you’re interested in selling it, one of the first things that you need to do is to make sure that it’s real.  If you’re like most people, you probably have little idea how to tell the difference between the real thing and a bit of Swarovski crystal (which is a kind of high quality glass made of silicon, quartz and minerals).

Once you learn to determine if the stone you have is a real diamond, you can begin the process of looking for a trusted dealer involved in buying diamonds. All it takes is a little practice looking at the right places for the signs of brilliance that only a real diamond can possess.

Understanding the beauty of the diamond

The fire of a diamond comes from its refractive and dispersive indexes — when light enters a diamond, very little simply passes through. Rather, the cut and the internal crystalline structure of the diamond bend and disperse light in highly complex ways that create the blaze that only a diamond is capable of. Whether the stone in your possession is free or in a setting, there are simple ways to tell if it’s a real diamond.

Placed in light, a real diamond would never let you see right through.  It would scatter all light so thoroughly, you would only see endless brilliance. If you are able to see through to the base of the setting, for instance, it’s clearly not a diamond. If your stone is free, you can place it on a piece of paper under bright light. If it casts a shadow, it isn’t diamond — a diamond would pass so much scattered light through, it would never cast a shadow of itself.

Know what fake gems are all about

People tend to love shiny stones so much, a variety of fake diamond technologies have appeared over the centuries. Swarovski crystals are only one niche in a vast industry of make-believe diamonds.

Cubic zirconia: Optically flawless, cubic zirconia (when people say cubic zirconium, they simply make a mistake) is a cheap, mass-produced material that approaches the brilliance of true diamonds. Nevertheless, the material scratches easily; looking closely for scratches can help you tell the difference. Putting the stone under a black light or trying to scratch glass with it are other possible tests.

Moissanite: Much harder than cubic zirconia, moissanite is a dazzling, naturally occurring form of silicon carbide. It’s easy to tell it apart from a diamond, though — while diamonds tend to be clear inside, moissanite is iridescent.

Finally, testing with a gemologist should be your ultimate test

Even when your stone does turn out to be a real diamond, you do want to know what its worth before you set out to sell it. Only a true gemologist can help in this area. Bellevue Rare Coins of Seattle, WA, for instance, offers some of the most widely respected readings of the worth of precious stones anywhere in the Northeast. You should have a reliable valuation of the stone in your possession once you have a trustworthy gemologist on your team.

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