How to Know If a Diamond Ring Is Real or Fake?

If you are in possession of a diamond ring and questioning its authenticity, you are not alone! The most common questions that gemologists are asked is how to spot is a diamond is real or not and is certainly not a superficial question. Especially if you are wondering where to sell rings and how to sell your wedding ring at the best price, it is imperative to know your diamond first.

Synthetic stones, such as cubic zirconia or moissanite, are so real looking that you may go years without realizing the legitimacy of that beautiful diamond ring dazzling on your finger. Numerous natural gems have a striking resemblance to diamonds such as white topaz, white sapphire, and white zircon. For this reason, its significant how to know fake diamond ring.

You do not need to be a gemologist, especially if you are looking for quick answers on how to know a real diamond ring, here are a few DIY tests that can be easily performed at home.

Look through a Loupe

You can use a Loupe to look closely. Loupe is a small magnifying glass that can easily be bought at any jewelry store. Believe it or not, but you are looking for imperfections in your stone.  A natural stone is formed in billions of years under the earth’s crust under conditions of intense heat and pressure…. It is bound to have imperfections. Only a fake stone would look perfect, however, a perfect looking stone could also be a reason that it needs to be brought to experts like the IValueLab.

Our team of GIA certified gemologists make an accurate evaluation and give an appraisal for your stone completely free of charge at iValueLab.

The edges of a real stone are very sharp but rounded for fake ones.

If the setting looks imperfect and poorly built, chances are it is not a real diamond. Also look for markings like PT or Karat, referring to platinum, while 10k 14k or 18k are for gold. If the stone is mounted on a ridiculously cheap metal, it is not real.

Observe the sparkle- real diamonds sparkle gray and white inside, known as “Brilliance”, and reflects rainbow colors outside, called “Fire”. Fake stones reflect the colors inside the stone.

The Water Test

A simple test to see if the stone settles on the bottom of the water when put in a glass of water would also ensure the diamond is real, due to the high density of the diamond.

The Fog Test

One of the quickest ways to test a diamond. Put the clean stone near your mouth and fog it with your breath. A real diamond would clear up in a second or two due to the thermodynamical nature of real diamonds to disperse heat instantaneously.

Scratch Test

Being the hardest substance on earth, real diamond would not be scratched by a sandpaper, it would remain perfect!

Tool Test

One of the most accurate result is provided by ‘the diamond tester’, also called, thermal conductivity meter.

There are several more tests that you can perform at home, but to be a hundred percent sure, it would be best to seek help from professionals.

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