While beauty does lie in the eyes of the beholder, no one would want to buy a fake diamond, Right? Whether you are gifting it to a loved one, buying one for your engagement, or treating yourself to some bling, there is no comparison to diamonds. After all, what’s there not to love about diamond jewellery. And no matter why you buy a diamond, you almost always spend a considerable amount of money on these sparklers. So when you are making a big investment for something so precious, how do you ensure you don’t get Bad Quality?
This basic knowledge will not only unlock the mystery of a diamond’s quality, but it will also help you understand a diamond’s value and price.
1) Understand the 4Cs of Diamond Quality
Diamond Color In most diamonds, the term actually refers to the absence of colour. The less colour in the stone, the more desirable and valuable it is. Some of these differences are not visible to the naked eye, but directly impact the overall quality and price of the Diamond.
Diamond Clarity measures the amount, size and placement of internal ‘inclusions,’ and external ‘blemishes.’ Grades run from ‘Flawless,’ with virtually no imperfections, to ‘Included,’ which contain a significant number of imperfections.
Diamond Cut does not refer to a diamond’s shape, but to the proportion and arrangement of its facets and the quality of workmanship. The amount of brilliance, sparkle and fire in a diamond is determined by cut. Grades range from ‘Excellent’ to ‘Poor.’
Diamond Carat refers to a diamond’s weight. Generally speaking, the higher the carat weight, the more expensive the stone. Two diamonds of equal carat weight, however, can have very different quality and price when the other three Cs are considered.
No matter how beautiful a diamond may look you simply cannot see its true quality. The 4Cs of diamond quality will provide you with the information you need to know the diamond’s actual quality.
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2) Diamond Certification Matter
What determines the authenticity of a diamond is, its certification. And reputed jewellers will always give you one for the diamond you choose. Real diamonds are certified by gemmological institutes or grading laboratories. Certification serves as insurance in case the diamond you buy turns out to be a fake or low quality. In fact, don’t buy the diamond before asking for the certification. Let it be the other way instead. Buy diamond jewellery from jewellers only if they issue a certificate of authenticity.
3) Choose a jeweller wisely
Your jeweller should be armed with expert training, open to questions and able to provide answers in clear, simple language.
Professional training can help you evaluate how knowledgeable a jeweler is. Preferably, their training comes from a highly-recognized and internationally accredited program, such as the GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG) or Applied Jewelry Professional (AJP) diploma programs. An educated jeweller will not only explain the 4Cs of Diamond Quality to you but will be able to demonstrate the differences between apparently similar stones. They will also encourage you to compare a number of diamonds that fall in your budget.
4) Tips and Tricks to Tell Real and Fake Diamonds Apart
There is no compromising the basic precautions to follow before buying a diamond ring. However, there are some tricks you can use to check the authenticity of the diamond you’re about to buy. Here are two of the simplest tests you can use to tell apart the real diamond from the fake one.
The breath test: This test relies on the fact that diamonds are excellent conductors of heat. If you breathe on to a real diamond, the fog your breath creates will disappear almost instantly from its surface. Whereas, the fake diamond won’t conduct heat as efficiently and will take a longer time to clear up the moisture. However, there is a material called moissanite that is similar to a diamond in its properties. It might also pass your breath test. If you are concerned about the authenticity of your stone, check the facets of a stone of the same shape on the ring you’ve chosen. Since diamonds and moissanite are cut using different faceting patterns, the two will look different because of the difference in their facets.
The sandpaper test: Diamonds are the hardest things on earth. And all it will take to find out if a diamond is real or fake is a piece of sandpaper. Gently rubbing a piece of sandpaper on a real diamond will have no ill effects on it. However, the fake one will scratch easily.
5) Insist On a Diamond Grading Report
A diamond grading report from an unbiased, scientific source such as GIA is more than important information, it’s proof of what you are purchasing. The differences in diamonds can be so subtle, even a trained jeweller can’t recognize them without lab verification. Insist that any diamond you buy come with an indisputable verification of its quality.
6) Protect The Purchase
Have your diamond appraised and insured? Appraisers and insurers rely on diamond grading reports to accurately evaluate the value of gems. As an additional measure, consider having your diamond laser-inscribed with its GIA report number, to provide verification if it is ever lost or stolen.
So That’s it. Educate yourself about the basics of diamonds. Do your research from where when it comes to choosing the right jeweller. Don’t get lured by extremely low prices even if they are too hard to resist. Keep these things in mind and you can avoid getting duped into buying a fake diamond.