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How Do You Identify Fake or Pure Diamonds? Tips to Choose Real Diamonds

Updated on June 23, 2014

Why We Use Precious Diamonds as Most Preferred Fashion Jewelry

Diamonds reflect the emotions of one’s soul. They are believed to have divine powers. No marriages are likely to take lace without their presence.Mostly, the wedding rings are made of diamonds. Diamonds studded in Platinum metal is the latest trend. Coloured diamonds are also much sought after these days. The core designs of the diamonds are traditionally Indian or Italian , but the styling, finishing and the metal used are purely American. More than plain gold ornaments, diamond studded gold ornaments are becoming more popular. Read my previous hub on Precious Gems Stones / BirthStone Therapy according to Zodiac Signs

Diamonds and Elizabeth Taylor

Cartier Diamonds are 69 Carat diamonds which were purchased at a record price by Cartier. These were then presented to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton. So was nicknamed as Taylor Diamonds. In 1978, Elizabeth Taylor sold them to build a hospital in Botswana.

The world's largest diamonds

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The world's largest diamonds world's oldest diamondsThe Golden JubileeThe Cullinan IThe remaining Cullinan diamondsThe CentenaryThe JubileeThe De Beers DiamondThe Millennium StarThe JacobThe Premier RoseThe Queen of HollandThe faint brown diamondThe Mouna DiamondThe Koh-i-noorThe Mouawad Magic -108.81 carats Named after famous gem and jewellery dealer and diamond connoisseur, Robert Mouawad and belongs to the 'purest of the pure' category
The world's largest diamonds
The world's largest diamonds
 world's oldest diamonds
world's oldest diamonds
The Golden Jubilee
The Golden Jubilee
The Cullinan I
The Cullinan I
The remaining Cullinan diamonds
The remaining Cullinan diamonds
The Centenary
The Centenary
The Jubilee
The Jubilee
The De Beers Diamond
The De Beers Diamond
The Millennium Star
The Millennium Star
The Jacob
The Jacob
The Premier Rose
The Premier Rose
The Queen of Holland
The Queen of Holland
The faint brown diamond
The faint brown diamond
The Mouna Diamond
The Mouna Diamond
The Koh-i-noor
The Koh-i-noor
The Mouawad Magic -108.81 carats Named after famous gem and jewellery dealer and diamond connoisseur, Robert Mouawad and belongs to the 'purest of the pure' category
The Mouawad Magic -108.81 carats Named after famous gem and jewellery dealer and diamond connoisseur, Robert Mouawad and belongs to the 'purest of the pure' category

Identifying Pure Diamonds

here are 4 factors to determine the purity of Diamonds- the 4Cs.

1. Carat: The carat is the weight of the diamond .. Large Diamonds are very rare and costly.

1 Carat = 200 mg

2. Clarity: Clarity differs for each diamonds. This is noted on a scale ranging from F to I. The less the defect (or more the clarity), the more the cost of the diamond. Clarity actually refers to the internal and external imperfections of the diamond (How clear It is ).

Grade of Clarity of Diamonds

  • FL or IF - Flawless or Internally Flawless - meaning that it is perfect.
  • I-1, I-2 or I-3 means that the diamond is imperfect,
  • I-3 being the worst.
  • VVS1 and VVS2, which means that the diamond is very, very slightly imperfect
  • VS1 and VS2, meaning the diamond is very slightly imperfect
  • SI-1 and SI-2, which means that the diamond is slightly imperfect.

3. Color: Diamonds vary in Colors. But most popular are the white colored diamonds. The color scale ranges from D to Z. The D type is more costly. Blue, green, yellow, orange and rare red colors are also available. [Chocolate diamonds are brown colored diamonds which are less expensive than the popular white diamonds. ]

4. Cut: Only an expert cutter can create the radiance or brilliance of the diamonds. The internal reflections in the faces of the diamond will radiate out to the outer faces. This is the brilliance in a diamond. The cuts can vary in shapes from an oval, pear, or round.and so on.

How to Spot A Fake Diamond

Even professionals have had difficulty determining if a diamond is real or not.But try to do following steps before buying a diamond

  • Diamond Certificate -Ask for certificate for the diamond(Certificates are issued from Gemological Institute of America, Jewellers Association of Australia or American Society of Appraisers)
  • Diamond Tester -You can use a diamond tester to test the purity of diamonds
  • NewsPaper Test -Try to read newspapers through the stone ,If you can't read then it is a fake diamond .Look at the stone from above and if you can see all the way to the bottom, it could be a real diamond
  • Fog test- Real diamonds clear away quickly when exposed to fog .If the diamond you have just fogged is taking a bit longer to shed off its fog, then it must be a fake.
  • Observe the reflection of light through the diamonds
  • Put the diamond in water. If it is real it will sink, and if it is fake it will float in water.
  • After purchasing a diamond, take it to another jeweler for appraisal.

Major Diamond Mining Countries

1. Australia
2. Botswana
3. South Africa
4. Angola
5. Namibia
6. Brazil
7. Central African Republic
8. China
9. Other

Top Diamond Producing Companies

  1. Alrosa
  2. De Beers
  3. Harry Winston
  4. BHP Billiton
  5. Rio Tinto

Diamonds are safest investments .Buying diamonds is both an investment and luxury. But protect yourself from fake diamonds

Caring of Diamonds

Lotion, powder, soap and even the oil in our skin can tarnish the color and luster of diamonds Hence diamonds require great care.

  • They should be washed in a less powerful detergent, dried and covered in a soft cloth.
  • The safest way is to cover them in a tissue paper.
  • They are not to be worn while doing rough works.
  • Also, they are not to be kept in contact with other metals and chlorine.

Hub Challenge 24 out of 30 : How do you identify fake or real diamonds? Tips to choose real diamonds
Hub Challenge 24 out of 30 : How do you identify fake or real diamonds? Tips to choose real diamonds


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      5 years ago

      Este e9 um bom disco de versf5es. Tambe9m ne3o sou grande apraeicdor de Rita Lee, embora simpatize com a personagem. Este e9 o fanico disco dela que tenho.

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      5 years ago

      Yeah that's what I'm talking about bac-i-nybe work!

    • Kevin Peter profile imageAUTHOR

      Kevin Peter 

      7 years ago from Global Citizen

      Hi Peter,

      I liked the way you criticized me. I will surely try to improve my knowkedge in this subject. Thanks for commenting.

      Hi suresh,

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Suresh Kumar.Bangalore. 

      9 years ago

      I bought a diamond ring from CARBON fine jewellery with reasonable price.The design and workmanship is really appreciative.

    • PETER LUMETTA profile image


      9 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Hi Kevin,

      I don't like to criticize a fellow Hubber but your suggestions are almost all wrong. You need to take a short course on Diamonds. You never address synthetic diamonds or diamond simulants. your tests for diamond are not right and may cause someone to buy a "fake". You call anything that is not diamond a "fake". Your "READ MORE" section has nothing at all to do with diamonds. The only good thing you said was to get a GIA cert. I am very sorry to be so critical but I have spent most of my life working with and selling Diamonds and Gems. This HUB is not up to par for HubPages.

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      9 years ago

      I believe your newspaper test is backwards.

    • Kevin Peter profile imageAUTHOR

      Kevin Peter 

      9 years ago from Global Citizen

      @thecelt -Its hard to find the real one or the fake , But i think my tips help you while shopping ...

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      Loose diamonds 

      10 years ago

      Certification to the major diamond producers you have cover almost everything.

      Its hard to find the real one or the fake, still the ideas you have suggested are arranged very well if they are followed one-by-one.

    • thecelt profile image


      10 years ago

      Good idea for a hub. Too many shoppers for jewelry do not know how to properly tell what they are getting for their money. This will help many make good choices while shopping.

    • Kevin Peter profile imageAUTHOR

      Kevin Peter 

      10 years ago from Global Citizen

      SXP - thanks for leaving a comment!

      In Movie 'Blue Diamond',You can watch lots of illegal diamond tradings in South Africa

    • SXP profile image


      10 years ago from South Africa

      In South Africa, just never buy any diamonds on the street or from anyone except a registered jeweller or diamond dealer. Even then, first make sure about this person. Smuggling and scam artists are plenty and they are just waiting for hapless victims.


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