Apart from the jeweler’s good word, how do you really know if your diamond is real? And if it’s a passed-on antique, what makes it a true diamond?
You’re expected to doubt value and authenticity given that we’re talking about a purchase worth months of paychecks! But what makes this thing more powerful than its premium price is the meaning behind the form.
Because apart from the material, you know that the diamond symbolizes something beyond its monetary worth. Your future with your bride-to-be begins with this love emblem, and it would be a bummer if she finds out it’s a fake!
Here Are Some Tests You Can Do Yourself to Make Sure You’re Getting a Genuine Deal
Fog Test – Breathe on the Diamond
The results may vary depending on the environmental conditions you are in. But basically, you’re going to clean the diamond with a soft cloth to remove any trace of oil and dirt. Then, you would have to place it in front of your mouth. Use a tweezer or hold it between your two fingers, then breathe on it.
The diamond will fog because of the heat and moisture in your breath. If the fog takes a few seconds to dissipate, it could be a fake. However, if it swiftly disappears, the diamond is real. This is because diamonds can conduct heat and thus, disperse heat right away.
Water Test – Drop the Diamond into a Glass of Water
Since diamonds have high density, if you carefully drop one into a drinking glass with ¾ water, it will sink to the bottom. If it floats in the middle or at the surface of the water, then you know it’s not real. Though, this test shouldn’t be enough as a moissanite or a cubic zirconia may also sink if too heavy.
Heat Test – Heat the Diamond and Drop into Cold Water
The heat test looks like it can cause serious damage in a bat, but if your diamond is genuine, you have nothing to worry about! The real ones are made of the strongest material in the world – so strong – that it can cut through glass and is unresponsive to high temperature.
To do the test, fill a drinking glass with cold water. Hold the diamond with plyers, heat it with a lighter for 40 seconds, then drop it into the glass. A real diamond won’t be affected. If your diamond cracks or breaks, it’s probably made of weaker materials and thus, isn’t a true diamond.
Sparkle Test – Observe the Diamond’s Fire and Scintillation
Now, since a diamond is best known for its sparkle, what better way to test it than with our eyes? The sparkle, namely the brilliance, fire, and scintillation bring magic to the stone.
To test this, hold your diamond under a regular lamp, and observe how the white light bounces off and the colorful light reflects. A true diamond will exhibit incredible sparkle that’s incomparable to the supposed brilliance of a cubic zirconia, for example.
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Use a Diamond Loupe
Let’s say, you’ve read a handful of articles about diamonds and knew a thing or two about the 4Cs. If you have a good magnifying glass at home, you’ll be able to have a closer look at the diamond’s composition, clarity, and scintillation.
You’ll know it’s a fake diamond like cubic zirconia if it’s too flawless as natural diamonds typically bear microscopic to visible flaws! If you don’t have a loupe or you’re not 100% confident on the tests you performed, you can always rely on a diamond expert!
Consult Appraisers or Diamond Grading Labs
While there’s pride in knowing the authenticity of your diamond without professional help, the best way is a guaranteed approach! Top gemological labs like GIA and AGS have world-class equipment to identify fakes and simulants.
With a trusted appraiser and the said grading authorities, no questions asked, you’ll be assured of your diamond’s legitimacy. Having a diamond with a GIA or AGS grading report is an instant badge of honor and the ultimate form of assurance.
Buy from Reputable Online Diamond Shops
You may contact a private appraiser or the top grading labs to put a stamp of approval on your diamond. But if you haven’t bought yet, there are reliable diamond stores that offer diamonds graded by GIA and AGS. With this, there’s no need to check the stone’s authenticity, rest assured you’ll be getting a true diamond.
Of course, we don’t solely base our decisions on the grading certificate, reputable shops like James Allen also provide diamond display technology that will let you inspect your choice through 360° HD videos and 40x zoom!
Let me be clear that none of the tests above are conclusive and the most efficient way is to consult a trained eye or buy from reputable shops.
I know it’s self-assuring and a little fun to run these experiments at home, plus it’s safe and easy! But if your pending proposal is on the line, leave it to the experts, they still have the last say if your diamond is real or not. 🙂
Should you have any question, please feel free to comment down below. Or email me – my advice is always free!