Simply hold the loose diamond near a light source, like a lamp, and see the reflection of the light from the diamond. This test will be best if there is another gem that you'll compare along with it, like cubic zirconia. You'll see how different their effects are to light.
This one's easy: Get a glass and fill it with water (it doesn't matter what type of water you use). Drop the diamond into the glass of water. Due to the high density of diamond, when dropped into water a real diamond will sink. If the diamond floats to the top or middle of the glass, it's fake.
Real diamonds sparkle rainbow colors when their light is deflected to other surfaces. In other words, colors shoot from the diamond when the direct light hits the stone. This flash of colors from a diamond is called “fire.”
We all love how a diamond shines in the sunlight. Test your stone by putting it in direct sunlight and examining the colors it reflects. A real diamond will reflect both rainbow colors as well as white light. If you only get one of the two, then the diamond isn't real.
Lay the stone onto the dot with the flat side down. Through the pointed end of the diamond, look down onto the paper. If you see a circular reflection inside the gemstone, the stone is fake. If you cannot see the dot or a reflection in the stone, then the diamond is real.
The Black Light Test
Once your black light is turned on, hold the stone under the UV light. Most diamonds will have a blue-colored glow, but if you see the slight green or yellow fluorescence instead, you'll need to seek the opinion of a professional jeweler as this may mean your stone is not genuine.
The main difference between Diamond and Crystal is that diamonds are made up of carbon atoms and Harsh made in nature under very critical conditions. In contrast, crystals can be made up of anything, such as crystallization made up of sugar syrup or even salt crystals extracted by depositing ocean water.
The way that diamonds reflect light is unique: the inside of a real diamond should sparkle gray and white while the outside should reflect a rainbow of colors onto other surfaces. A fake diamond, on the other hand, will have rainbow colors that you can see inside the diamond as well.
Diamonds contain different chemical elements, which, depending on their concentration, can glow in the dark. Diamonds can fluoresce in many different colors, such as yellow, red and green, but the most widespread color is blue. Stones with non-blue fluorescence are extremely rare.
The best way to tell a cubic zirconia from a diamond is to look at the stones under natural light: a diamond gives off more white light (brilliance) while a cubic zirconia gives off a noticeable rainbow of colored light (excessive light dispersion).
Ultraviolet Light: About 30% of diamonds will glow blue under ultraviolet lights such as black light. Fake diamonds, on the other hand, will glow other colors or not at all.
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In the first experiment, rub a piece of sandpaper against the stone. Diamonds are one of the hardest naturally-occurring minerals so, if it is scratched by sandpaper, it's most likely not a real diamond.
While incredibly tough, diamonds are still vulnerable to scratches just like other gemstones. The Mohs' scale (scale of mineral hardness) specifically defines hardness as the resistance to being scratched.
The most common mineral that looks like a diamond is quartz and it is hexagonal form. When looking down on the crystals from the top, with the point of the crystal aimed at your eye, quartz will have six sides and a diamond will have four sides. If you see six sides than you probably found quartz.
When a diamond is exposed to ultraviolet light (also known as blacklight), it glows blue. Sometimes you might see another color too like yellow, green, red & white, but blue is the most common fluorescent color in a diamond.
Daniel Swarovski invented a machine that revolutionized the process of crystal cutting which made it possible to cut crystal with extraordinary precision. Swarovski Crystal is commonly referred to as Simulated Diamond or Imitation Diamond because its rich beautiful details so closely resemble genuine Diamonds.
The way diamonds reflect light is unique: Inside the stone, a high-quality diamond will sparkle gray and white — known as brilliance — and throw off flashes of color called fire. Knowing this, it's easy to tell the difference between a diamond and lesser stones.
Apply heat test by using a lighter, if the stone melts down then it is fake (plastic) and if the stone remains solid then it is original.
A dirty stone doesn't sparkle because light simply can't enter the diamond and causes it to appear dull. So, if you notice your diamond jewelry getting cloudier overtime, it's likely due to a dirty surface and there's an easy fix to restore their luster.
Roughly 30% of diamonds contain a certain level of boron, which causes the precious gems to glow when they're exposed to ultra violet, also known as "blacklight." The level of boron present in the diamond determines how much light the diamond will emit when exposed.
To test the diamond's refractivity, place the stone on its flat side onto a piece of newspaper with lots of lettering. Make sure to use bright lighting and that no objects are casting a shadow on your diamond. If you can read the letters from the newspaper — whether they appear blurry or not — then the diamond is fake.
Cubic Zirconia: Diamonds Price. Cubic zirconia simulants are much, much cheaper than mined diamond. For example, a flawless 1 carat round colorless diamond graded D costs around $12,000 whereas a 1 carat cubic zirconia is only worth $20.