08 Apr How To Identify A Fake Diamond?
Diamonds are brilliantly shining colourless stones that can have us fascinated so much so that some diamond manufacturers can dupe us into buying fake diamonds. It is absolutely wrong to simply be carried away by the radiance of a diamond without carefully thinking if it is a real diamond or a fake stone. You pay the heavy price of a diamond, only to realize that the stone you bought isn’t a genuine diamond, but an imitation! To avoid such scenarios, it is necessary that you know how to distinguish an authentic diamond from a fake one. Well, if you are shopping at Aura Jewels, the best jewellery shop in Bangalore, there seems to be no reason why you should be concerned, because we are well-known to sell only genuine GIA certified diamonds, which prove that our diamonds are a genuine natural element, and not a fake one. In fact, you must always ask for a grading report of the diamond from the manufacturer, whenever you are buying one, with no hesitation! Nevertheless, other than asking for a grading report, there are many other tests that you can perform on the diamond to determine its genuineness. And, the best part is that you can do this all on your own, with no help required by a gemologist. So, the next time you are buying diamonds or diamond jewellery, you can carry out these tests to ensure that you are purchasing the best diamond jewellery in Bangalore, and not a fake one.
The loupe test
A loupe is a magnifying glass that is used by diamond experts to inspect the colour and clarity of a diamond. You could ask your jeweller to hand it over to you so that you can look through it at your diamond. When you see it in good light, you need to check for any imperfections or flaws. Any kind of inclusions or flaws in the stone will signify that the diamond is a real one. In contrast, if the diamond is clean and clear, rid of any imperfections, it could possibly be a fake one. We say possibly because lab-grown diamonds are also free from imperfections, but are actually real. So, if you find that your diamond is clear and flawless, you need to determine whether it is actually fake or lab-grown with the help of other tests (such as those stated below).
The fog/breath test
Clean your diamond thoroughly and then hold it within one centimeter of your mouth. Fog it up with your breath such that you would do on a mirror. A genuine diamond won’t fog up, as it is an efficient conductor of heat. So, if the diamond in your hand fogs up, it could be anything but a real diamond.
The fire test
You need a candle or lighter for this test. Heat up your diamond for 30 seconds, and then drop it straight into a glass of cold water. It the diamond cracks or shatters, it is a fake one. A real diamond will be unaffected by the rapid expansion and contraction as diamonds are very strong, thus causing no harm.
The refractivity test
Real diamonds sharply bend any light passing through them; the quality that fake diamonds cannot possess. Taking advantage of this property, you can find out the genuineness or fakeness of a diamond. For this, you will need to draw a dot on a sheet of clear white paper. Place the diamond right over the dot. If the diamond is a real one, you won’t be able to see the dot! Any reflection of the dot in the diamond means it is a fake one.
The water test
This test can only be executed on loose diamonds, and not diamond jewellery. Drop your diamond in a glass of water. If it sinks to the bottom of the glass, it should be a real diamond. But, if it floats, it definitely is a fake one. However, again, this cannot be a sure shot test because there are certain diamond imitations that won’t float. So, you will need the help of other tests too. Though, if the diamond you have floats at the top, you should be sure that it is a fake one, meaning no other tests need to be performed. This is because real diamonds have a high density, which makes them sink to the bottom; thus no floating stone can be a real diamond.
After reading this blog, even if you are buying your first diamond, you will never be duped! Even if you have been making diamond purchases for a long time now, there is no harm in learning about these different tests and performing them in the future for your diamond purchases. It will only make sure that you are making a secured purchase. This applies to whether you are buying readily available diamond jewellery, or if you are specially having your design manufactured at a customized diamond jewellery shop in Bangalore.