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Are you shopping for a FAKE diamond?

Updated on December 15, 2012

Either you are going to shop for a diamond or you want to find out that the gift you have received on your birthday or anniversary from a special friend is a real diamond or not, follow the below listed diamond authenticity checks and you will be able to know if the new diamond jewelry you are going to buy or the diamond gift you have received is real or not.

Diamond authenticity check #1: First of all decide what are the tests that you can use. There are many types of tests to check the authenticity of a diamond and tell whether it is a real or fake. Deciding in between these tests is simple. Loose diamonds are easier to test and if you have one in your possession or you are in a jewelry store to look at a piece, it is a plus point.

A real diamond cannot be used as a magnifying glass.

Check your diamond before buying
Check your diamond before buying

Diamond authenticity check #2: For a loose diamond, place it on a sheet of newspaper or page of a book. Now place the diamond directly on the text and then examine it carefully. If you are able to see the text getting enlarged, then the diamond is fake because diamond cannot refract light and it can't be used as a magnifying glass.

Diamond authenticity check #3: Now use a small light for example a penlight or another source of concentrated light and try to shine light into the piece of stone. If you are able to see through the other side of the stone, then that stone is not a diamond and is fake because if you will look through a real one, you will be able to see a halo around the diamond.

A fake diamond
A fake diamond

Diamond authenticity check #4: Check the setting of the diamond. There are many things to check when it comes to settings of the diamond. First of all, the majority of real diamonds available in the market are set in open-back setting because a real diamond refracts light better in open setting. Secondly, check out what is the type of metal that is used for fixation. Real diamonds are set with best metals for example 10kt gold.

Diamond authenticity check #5: Now you have followed all the four steps and you are absolutely certain that the diamond you are going to buy is real, then also to be on a safer side, ask for a certification like GIA certification (Gemological Institute of America). Keep a control on yourself before buying this really expensive item. Do not fall prey to jewelers who say that we use our own certification.

So always remember to buy certified diamonds for example GIA certified. Go ahead and listen to your own instinct when shopping for such expensive things. Keep your eyes and mind open. If the deal you are having seems too good to be true or you do not trust the jeweler, just walk away and do not take risks by ending up with fake diamonds.

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much lifedancer for your comment and feedback. I will do the needful.

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      lifedancer 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you for this hub. May I suggest that you mention buying a diamond tester and price of such as one of your points, just in case readers do not scroll down the page. Today, with gold prices being high, jewelers are setting diamonds in plated silver, but not the high quality ones.

      Also, link about GIA career fair does not work.

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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot for reviewing this hub Jewelery Channel. I will check out your site.

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      jewellery channel 

      7 years ago

      really informative hub Soni2006...thanks

      and the unique Diamond necklace is really one of a kind..

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much drpastorcarlotta. I will definitely visit your hubs.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Very, Very, informational Hub!! Thank you so much!!! When you get a chance, come and vist me!! Blessings!!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure loose diamond.

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      Loose diamond 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing great stuff with us. Now buying a diamond has really become a easy job!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure Rashmi. I will write out more hubs on diamonds, diamond engagement rings, how to tell if a diamond is real explaining different techniques from a layman point of view, and also buying wedding jewelery guides.

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      Rashmi Juneja 

      8 years ago

      Thanks a lot for sharing these such useful tips. I think it will help many people from buying fake diamonds.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for taking time to read Naveen.

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      naveenkadian 

      8 years ago from NJ, USA

      Thanks for this good and useful information about fake thing.Everyone should need to be aware of fake thing.Great Work........

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you very much Veronica for reading this hub in such a detail. I think I will have more female visitors then men to these hubs on diamonds, that's a plus point because this information in the first place is meant for ladies so that means I have getting relevant people to my hub.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for this information! I wouldn't know a fake from the real thing. I am bookmarking this page in the event I go shopping for a diamond. Thank you so much. The information was not only informative, it was easy to understand. Great job!

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It's my pleasure mam.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      Excellent Tips! Very interesting checks that the normal person (that being me) wouldn't have a clue about.

      Thank you for sharing this useful information

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