A Few Fast Ways to Identify Dud Diamonds
What happens if you've inherited a piece of diamond jewelry but have no idea whether or not it's real? It's usually a good idea to take it to a jeweler as soon as possible, but you might be curious what you have right now. There are a few fast ways to identify diamonds that are likely to be fakes, though it's important to note that not all of these methods are completely foolproof.
Fast Ways to Identify a Fake Diamond
There are some wonderful fake diamonds out there, which means it can be very challenging to spot a fake. Because of that, there's generally a set of criteria that a fake diamond could meet. A fake diamond will likely show some of these characteristics, but not necessarily all of them — and a real diamond may have some of these characteristics as well.
The Fog Test
Breathing on a diamond should not produce a fog on its surface. Anything that does appear on its surface should almost instantly dissipate. This is because diamonds rarely retain heat.
The Water Test
A diamond should quickly drop to the bottom of a glass full of water, as diamonds are extremely heavy and dense. A poorly made fake diamond may drift slowly, as it will not be as heavy.
The Transparency Test
Looking through a diamond should be virtually impossible. Diamonds are cut to refract light; a properly cut diamond should be reflecting light in a way that makes it impossible to look straight through. Of course, this can be sabotaged by a poor cut.
The Setting Test
In general, diamonds are placed in delicate settings that are made out of a precious metal, such as gold, platinum or (occasionally) silver. If the setting looks cheap, the diamond is likely cheap as well. There is an exception to this, which are older settings — older jewelry is often not as refined.
The Conductivity Test
If you're handling a lot of jewelry, it may be worth it to purchase or borrow a diamond tester. These testers simply test the conductivity of the stone, and they can be fairly reliable when identifying diamonds.
Some Myths and Misconceptions About Fake Diamonds
People have been trying to identify fake diamonds for hundreds of years. Because of this, many of the common-knowledge methods of identifying a fake diamond are outdated. Some fake diamonds are exceptionally convincing. Here are a few things you should know before you start the identification process.
You Can't Always Identify a Fake
The truth is that diamonds come in many shapes and forms. A diamond that looks fake may be of poor quality — or may even be old or rare.
You Can't Identify Fakes by Their Inclusions
Some diamonds have inclusions. Some diamonds don't. This is true even for synthetic diamonds. Inclusions tell a person very little unless that person is an expert that is skilled in identifying inclusions.
You Can't Only Cut Glass With a Diamond
It's a common myth that only a diamond will cut glass. While many diamonds will do so, there are also other stones that have a hardness sufficient to cut glass. Additionally, some diamonds are cut in a way that makes it very hard to cut anything with them.
Even gemologists can sometimes be fooled by a good fake. That's why it's necessary to consult with a professional. If you're wondering whether a diamond in your possession is a fake, you can bring it down to Beverly Hills Jewelry Buyers now. Beverly Hills Jewelry Buyers has the expertise not only to identify diamonds, but also to give you a valuation.