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Five Ways To Spot A Fake Diamond

If you’re buying from a reputable retailer, chances are you are perfectly safe as it would be more than the store’s reputation is worth to sell you a fake. That’s why many people choose to pay much more than they need to as they are buying peace of mind that they are getting what they pay for. However, such security comes at a hefty premium…

What about that bargain on eBay, antique market or second hand jewellers? Here’s how to ensure you don’t get ripped off:

  1. Examine the diamond through a jeweller’s loupe. A loupe can be bought for a few pounds on eBay or Amazon. Look for one with x10 magnification. Most diamonds have imperfections or flaws when looked at under magnification. These might not be visible to the naked eye, but will be easily seen with a loupe. Be sure to examine the diamond from above and also from the side. Chances are if it is real, you will see small flaws and/or black inclusions. A fake diamond is usually perfect which is a sure sign it’s not the real thing. Only the rarest of diamonds are classed ‘internally flawless’ and unlikely you will find one outside of the most presitibous jewellers as they are very expensive. Also observe the edges of the facets. On a real diamond these will be sharp, but on a cubic zirconia (CZ) the edges are less defined and more rounded.
  1. Check for hall marks. Diamonds are usually set into 9k, 14k or 18k gold or 950 platinum. It would be very unusual to set a valuable stone in a silver or gold plated setting.
  1. Weigh the diamond. CZ stones are heavier than diamonds. This is more difficult if the diamond is set. A diamond measuring approx 6.3mm = 1ct, but if it is a CZ it will weigh 1.75ct a dead giveaway it’s not the ‘real deal’ Similarly, another popular diamond stimulant is Moissanite, which weigh less than natural diamonds. A Moissanite equivalent in size to a 1ct diamond will weigh 0.83ct.
  1. Try the breath test. Breathe onto the stone as you would if shining a pair of sun glasses. If the stone remains misted for a short period of time, then it is most likely a fake. A real diamond won’t stay misted as it will not retain the heat.
  1. Diamonds are one of the hardest substances on earth. They will not scratch if you rub them with sandpaper, but a fake stone will scratch quite easily.

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