Beautiful diamonds on a black background with the words, "Real Vs. Fake Diamonds."

Diamonds are highly valuable and precious stones that many individuals recognize as a symbol of love and wealth. While most people don’t consider if the diamonds they receive from a significant other are fake, we have certainly helped our Dallas customers evaluate their stone to find out it’s not the real thing. 

While there are many well-known and trusted jewelers in the world of jewelry, there is also a darker side to this realm. These sinister jewelers often hide behind the fact that most people don’t know what they are looking at when they are searching for that timeless stone that speaks of the love between them and their significant other or family member.

These scam businesses often boast great values, cheaper prices, and have a wide selection which sparkle and capture the eye under their bright lights. Or, in a lot of cases, they have online stores that put out a bunch of ads and target unsuspecting shoppers.

Whatever the case, if you have a suspicion that the diamond that you are looking at is a fake, there are a few tips our diamond experts at the Diamond Broker use to distinguish a true diamond from a fake. Here is how you can tell the difference too:

Tip 1: Looking for Impurities

Before we begin with this tip, it is extremely important to note that most diamonds have some imperfection. However, these imperfections are small but natural, as most diamonds are made by mother nature and later cut by man. A fake diamond, however,  will be spotless with no perfections. If you have a stone that is seemingly flawless in any way, you either have an extremely rare diamond that is in the 0.01% margin of flawless or you most likely have a fake one.

diamond ring being held

To check for imperfections, you will need a magnifying glass that has 10X magnification strength. It may take some time to catch your diamond’s imperfections, as some of them may not be noticeable to an untrained eye. As always, if you feel you are still uncertain after following this tip, you can always bring your diamond to a trusted expert, like the team at The Diamond Broker, for an assessment.

What to Look For:

When examining your diamond, you will want to look for small black spots, air bubbles, or fractures within the stone. Make sure you don’t confuse scratches on the stone’s surface with impurities. Scratches are extremely hard to get on a diamond, as they are naturally one of the strongest substances on earth. If your diamond appears heavily scratched, you can be fairly confident you are dealing with a fake stone. If you also see a lack of impurities, then you are also probably dealing with a fake diamond.

Tip 2: Examining the Facets

Sometimes, determining impurities in your diamond can be quite challenging. An easier place to look is at the facets in the diamond, which is where the diamond has been cut. Once again, you will need a magnifying glass with a 10x magnification power to do this accurately.

What to Look For:

set of diamonds

When looking at the facets, you will want to make note of the edges. If they are dull, it is most likely a fake diamond because true diamonds generally have sharp edges as they are cut by professional diamond cutters.

Fake diamonds on the other hand are created from molds that melt the glass and zircon. The molds give the fake diamond its dull-shaped facets.

However, scammer jewelers have been getting better at creating molds that give the fake diamond a sharp facet. If you are unsure, it is best to take it to a diamond expert to find out whether your diamond is real or not.

Tip 3: What Metal Is Used for the Mounting?

While this is not a guaranteed test, it does tell you a lot about the value of the stone you are holding. Diamonds are naturally expensive which often means that high quality metal is used to complement the brilliance of the stone. If the metal is plated in gold or silver, it is often not the real deal. True diamonds are set on white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or even platinum ring bands. Anything less often means the diamond is of little value or in most cases, a fake.

Tip 4: Taking a Note of the Craftsmanship

seymour inspecting rings

A true jeweler is proud of the quality of the jewelry he or she is selling. The same can be said for true diamond polishers and goldsmiths who painstakingly make the bands. If the diamond you are questioning looks to be of poor quality in either the band or the polish, then it probably isn’t real.

For example, the diamond is offset or crooked or the sizes of the accent diamonds are of varying sizes. A true diamond worker takes pride in his or her work and every choice, from accent stones to the shape of the band. 

Tip 5: The Sandpaper Test

For this test, you need to be sure that you are willing to lose the diamond if it is fake. If you have a real stone, then this test won’t hurt it at all.

To perform this test, you will need to get regular sandpaper. (Do not get sandpaper that is covered with diamond powder, as the diamond powder can hurt a real diamond.) Regular sandpaper won’t hurt a true diamond as you rub it over top of the stone, a fake diamond will become scratched.

Tip 6: Try Fogging Up Your Diamond

This test may sound strange but true diamonds do not get fogged up by being blown on. (As if you would a window).

Breathe on your diamond with warm breath and wait to see if the diamond’s surface becomes foggy. If it does, the sad reality is that the diamond is fake. Real diamonds don’t retain heat from your breath. It is important to note that with smaller diamonds, this test can be a bit difficult, as the smaller size makes it harder to determine whether it is getting fogged up.

girl looking at a diamond ring

Tip 7: Look at the Diamond Through Natural Light

Diamonds reflect light in a very special way and create a rainbow on any surface as the light reflects inside of it. The light reflecting on the inside will be gray and white as a rainbow of colors comes outside of the stone.

A fake diamond will often create a prism effect and show a rainbow of colors on the inside of the stone. The only issue with this test is that sometimes a fake diamond will shine brighter than the real deal, especially if the fake stone is made out of moissanite.

Tip 8: If You Have a Larger Diamond, Try Reading the Newspaper Through It

If you have a loose diamond and you are questioning its authenticity, then the newspaper test can help. Place your diamond on a newspaper, book, or other reading material and then look through the reflection of the stone. If the image is all jumbled, then you can breathe easy as you have a true diamond on your hands.

This is because the inside of the diamond bends the incoming light and distorts the image that could be seen through the diamond. If it is easy to read or see the image on the other side, then unfortunately you are dealing with a fake stone.

Still Not Sure or Want a Fast Answer to Your Question?

The best and most assured way of telling whether the diamond in question is real or fake is to bring it in to get evaluated by one of our leading diamond excerpts at the Diamond Broker. As Dallas’s most trusted diamond team since 1991, we have made a strong name for ourselves as leading experts in our field. Our team will be more than happy to assess your diamond and tell you whether you are dealing with the true thing or a fake.

If you are looking to purchase a timeless piece for a loved one, then our team can help! You can trust that the diamonds we sell are of high value and real! Contact our team today for more information on our diamonds or to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.