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Spot A False Diamond

The first thing you might try when testing a diamond for authenticity requires a sheet of glass or sandpaper. Real diamonds will leave a scratch on any of these surfaces, so if the shiny stone you are holding does not so much as make a dent, you may want to reconsider your purchase. Alternatively a magazine will do the trick, and if you are able to read the print through your ‘diamond’, return it to the vendor. A real diamond will distort the print and make it impossible to make out.

If these little tips have not convinced you one way or the other and you are still wondering if that stone you bought is real or not, there are a number of more specialised tests that you can run. For instance, real diamond engagement rings will not show up in an X-ray, so if anyone you know happens to be a radiologist, you can ask them for help. Similarly, you can try weighing the stone against another type of gem and compare their weights, as a real diamond should be lighter than your average alternative gemstone of the same size.

Finally, you may buy a jeweller’s loop, which is a simple instrument used by professionals to evaluate diamond engagement rings for colour and clarity. A near-perfect diamond, which should be perfectly clear and colourless, is hard to come by, so if the one you are holding has these characteristics you may want to remain vigilant about its authenticity.