The popularity and more importantly the price of diamonds have inspired a whole industry of copycats that are created so as to mimic the real thing. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but not at the expense of your wallet.
So what seems like a beautiful diamond ring, may indeed be an imitation of sorts that costs only a fraction of the real thing. The issue is that it is often difficult to separate the real brilliant cut diamonds from the fake, just by looking at it. However, there are ways in which you can tell which is which.
Test That You Can Do At Home
If you are at home, then there are some foolproof ways to check if what you have is real or not. All that is needed are a few household items.
The Sandpaper Test
This is extremely easy to do, as all you need is a piece of sandpaper. Rub the gritty side of the sandpaper against the stone. Don’t fret as the hardness of the sandpaper stands in the 7-9 range on the Mohr’s scale. Diamonds on the other hand are the hardest substance in the world. A real diamond won’t be affected by the rubbing and should be in perfect condition. If it is a fake diamond, then you would be sure to see scratches all over.
The Read-Through Test
The read-through test is exactly as you think it is: it is where you attempt to read through the diamond. This works perfectly for loose diamonds.
- Get a sheet of paper that has black text on it- a newspaper would work brilliantly
- Put the diamond upside down, with the face at the bottom.
- Read the text through the upside-down diamond.
If it is a real diamond, then it would be impossible for you to decipher anything that you see. if it is a fake diamond then you would be able to read crystal clear.
For this, simply fill a glass of water and drop the loose diamonds into it. If the stone sinks, then you know that the diamonds are real; if they are fake, then they float on the surface or don’t end up touching the bottom of the glass. Real diamonds have high density, and fake materials don’t.
These are easy to perform tests, but if you want to be extra sure, then it is best that you get it tested by a seasoned and reputed gemmologist.