October 19, 2021

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Learn to Spot a Fake Diamond Engagement Ring

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Diamond engagement rings like 3 carat marquise cut diamond ring are quite expensive because they are symbolic of a life together and commit the most serious kind of relationship. Unfortunately, for most couples buying a diamond engagement ring, there is plenty of scope for unscrupulous merchants and jewelers to pass off sub-standard and fake diamonds but charge genuine article commands’ high prices.

So how do you tell the fake from the real thing?

There are simple tests you can arrange to have done on your diamond ring, so here are some simple steps you can follow:

Use a Diamond Tester

A diamond tester is an electronic measuring device that can help determine a diamond’s authenticity by using its weight. The precise atomic weight of a diamond is known with exact accuracy. If the stone deviates from the accepted weight range, it is a positive test for the rock being a fake. The electronic tester cannot positively tell you that the stone is a real diamond. However, it may be an artificial diamond or constructed from materials that emulate the weight range.

Use the Scratch Test

Diamond is the most challenging natural material known to man, so it should be capable of scratching the glass. If the diamond stone is unable to grind glass, then you have a fake on your hands.

Look for Perfection in the Stone

If your diamond is perfect, then the risk of it being a fake is higher. Genuine diamonds carry flaws and imperfections, even the most expensive stones. This is only a natural consequence of how they are formed. Perfect diamonds with no flaws or inclusions should be treated with a very high degree of suspicion and are more than likely an artificial stone.

Seek an Appraisal for Insurance Purposes

Arrange for your stone to be appraised, both for insurance purposes and also to establish that you have a real diamond on your hand. A diamond appraiser will be able to verify the authenticity of your diamond engagement ring using the American Gem Society Laboratories grading system, which takes into account the cut, clarity, carat (weight), and color – the so-called “Four C’s.”

When the light hits a diamond, the sparkle will be intense, and you will see a low light in the center of the diamond: this is known as a stone’s “fire.” By contrast, fake diamonds will not compete in terms of sparkle or the fire’s intensity, and you can quickly tell the difference when you have a genuine diamond to compare next to a fake one.

Fog and Breath Test

The fog and breath test is simple to perform – hold the ring in front of your mouth and breathe on it. The stone will fog with your breath, and if it is a real diamond, the “fog” will lift rapidly as the diamond will not hold the fog to itself. If the stone is a fake, the condensation will remain on the stone for around 10 to 15 seconds, which is a clear sign; it is not a genuine diamond.

When you hold a diamond to the light, you will not see all the rainbow colors laid out like some kaleidoscope. You should see some grey shades within the color scheme, and if you don’t, you know you have a fake. Besides, real diamonds are never set in anything other than platinum, titanium, or gold (10K or better) and rarely in some other high-quality metal. 

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