When it comes to precious stones Diamonds are still one of the favorites. With everyone wanting to own one of these beautiful precious stones it is no wonder that the market is filled with people selling fake diamonds as the genuine stone. Below we have listed a few, but we highly recommended taking your diamond to a professional for evaluation or investing in one of our high quality Gold and Diamond Testing Equipment.
Imitation diamonds are made from other stones or gems or can even be manmade. Let us have a look at some of the synthetic diamonds on offer.
This is one of the most commonly purchased fake diamond and can be easily detected using one of our diamond testers or scratch pens. Generated from the crystalline form of zirconium dioxide though it can be doped to a number of colour shades. It’s valued at only a small fraction of what a real diamond of the same size and quality would be Cubic Zirconias are not as high quality as diamonds and are used in cheaper types of jewellery.
Though it looks like a diamond, is almost as hard as diamond, and even fooled its discoverer into thinking it was diamond for nearly a decade, the mineral moissanite is not diamond. First uncovered in 1893 by Henri Moissan, the mineral that bears his name is actually silicon carbide.
Classic moissanite is not colourless and many feel that its colour is similar to a GIA-certified K-colour diamond. As with diamonds, the smaller the moissanite, the more colourless it will look. Additionally, under certain lighting, moissanite may project a yellow or green hue.
Lab Grown Diamonds
It’s not cubic zirconia. Everyone’s familiar with cubic zirconia, which is known to imitate the look of a diamond but does not have the chemical makeup of one. It is very hard to tell the difference between a real and a lab grown diamond unless you have the correct equipment. And. The gems have the same physical and chemical properties as mined diamonds. Lab grown diamonds are treated by a process which is called HPHT or CVD. HPHT recreates the conditions found deep within the Earth, while CVD is a chemical process that produces the actual gem.
These two methods currently dominate the lab-produced diamond market. While the specific properties of each diamond depends on how it was produced and for what purpose. Lab-grown diamonds are, in every sense, the same as mined diamonds. In fact, specifically because they are grown in a controlled environment. Lab-grown stones are often superior in hardness, and thermal and electrical conductivity compared to natural ones
White Sapphires are a beautiful stone but do not shine as brightly as diamonds. They are the second hardest mineral and can look like the real deal to the untrained eye.
As you can see there are many fake diamond options out there. If you are looking for the real deal make sure to visit a professional and use proper testing tools. If you would like more information on the Gold and Diamond testing tools we have available, please contact us today.
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