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Tricks to Tell if Diamonds Are Real

May 15th, 2023

Drop earrings that may or may not contain real diamonds

When buying diamonds, it's important to know how to tell the real ones from the fakes. Diamonds are one of the world's most valuable and coveted gemstones, and their high price tag reflects their rarity and beauty. Unfortunately, this also means that plenty of imitations on the market can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing. To avoid getting ripped off or buying a subpar diamond, it's important to know how to identify real diamonds and distinguish them from their imitators.

Versus Moissanite

Moissanite is a popular diamond alternative often marketed as a more affordable option. However, moissanite has key differences that can help you tell it apart from a real diamond. One major difference is that moissanite has a higher refractive index than its luxe counterpart, so the fake may have a brighter shine. However, moissanite has a rainbow-like fire. Additionally, moissanite is much harder than most other gemstones and is resistant to scratching, so if you see any scratches or chips on a stone, it's probably not moissanite.

Dazzling pendant with either diamonds, cubic zirconia, or moissanite

Versus Cubic Zirconia

Cubic zirconia (CZ) is another diamond imitation that can be difficult to distinguish from the real thing. However, a few vital differences can help you tell them apart. One of the most noticeable differences is that CZ has a lower density than diamonds, so it will feel lighter in your hand. Additionally, CZ tends to have a more even and consistent color than the stone it imitates, which can appear more natural and irregular. Unlike the vibrant white glamor of diamonds, this gemstone often exhibits a rainbow-like light display, similar to moissanite.

Versus Glass

Glass is perhaps the easiest imitation to spot. However, it's still important to know how to tell the difference. Glass will not have the same brilliance or sparkle as a real diamond, and it will not have the same hardness or durability. Also, glass will feel much lighter and less substantial than the real thing. While glass may be used in inexpensive costume jewelry, it is never used in high-quality jewelry.

A variety of possibly cubic zirconia earrings

Note about Lab-Grown and Natural

Lab-grown diamonds are becoming increasingly ubiquitous as a more affordable alternative to natural diamonds. While lab-grown gems have the same chemical and physical properties as their natural counterparts, only a trained gemologist will be able to distinguish them. One of the most noticeable differences is that lab-grown diamonds will have fewer inclusions and blemishes than natural diamonds. Additionally, lab-grown diamonds will have a different growth pattern than natural diamonds, which can be detected under a microscope.

Engagement ring with a colorless gemstone of some kind

Trust Your Diamonds from Rogers Jewelry Co.

At Rogers Jewelry Co., we are dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality diamonds and the best shopping experience possible. We have a wide selection of genuine diamonds in various shapes, sizes, and colors to suit every taste and budget. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always available to answer any questions and help you find the perfect diamond for your needs. We also offer a range of financing options to make it easier to afford the gem of your dreams. Contact us at a store near you to learn more about real and fake diamonds.