How to Detect Fake Diamonds
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Don’t Judge a Diamond By Its Looks
In this world of advanced
technology it is almost impossible to simply look at a diamond and determine whether it is real or not especially
if you don't know much about diamonds. You should also know that fake diamonds are everywhere and they come in many
forms. The good news is; there are some steps that you can take to avoid thinking that you purchased a genuinely
natural diamond but ended up owning a fake!
First and foremost, the obvious!
Only deal with reputable jewelers, and when you find a reputable jeweler, stick with them. Avoid buying diamonds or
other fine jewelry from jewelers that you have never dealt with before. Johnny come latelys and fly-by-nights are
all too common in this business.
Secondly, know your jeweler’s
background in terms of training, experience and certification. At the least, they should have the G.G. at the end
of their name. The distinguished G.G. designation at the end of a jeweler’s name is instantly recognized around the
world as the mark of a senior professional in the jewelry industry. This prestigious classification comes only from
(GIA), the Gemological Institute of America Inc.
If they are American born and
raised and in the jewelry business, they should at least be a graduate of the American Institute Of Diamond
Cutting. This Institute is the only diamond cutting school in the United States that is licensed to teach the
prestigious profession of diamond cutting and rough diamond grading in all its phases.
Some people are reading this and
saying, “Your standards are too high!” On the surface it may seem like it. However, the reality is, when it comes
to purchasing diamonds and other fine jewelry, you are investing a lot of money and you and every buyer should have
the confidence and assurance that money is well spent. Dealing with trained and certified diamond professionals
makes a world of difference! People who sell fake diamonds dread this part of the industry.
If a jeweler cannot provide you
with any proof of certification and training from recognized industry institutes, you are taking chances in dealing
with them! People who sell fake diamonds don’t need these certifications or training because their products don’t
Thirdly, the jeweler should be
member in good standing with one or more of these of these important industry organizations: the Jewelers Vigilance
Committee, the Gemological Institute of America, The Jewelers Board of Trade and/or the Stop Blood Diamonds
Fourthly, get the certificate
for the stone. A diamond certificate authenticates what type of stone you are getting and its value. If no
certificate exists, do yourself a favor and walk away. No legitimate jeweler will refuse to provide the diamond
certificate for a particular stone. If you find that you have purchased a fake diamond, you may be accused of
making a switch when you return to the store of your purchase; therefore, it is important to have a certificate for
the diamond. No two stones are alike.
Fourthly, the jeweler should
provide you with a money back guarantee. This allows you ample time to have a diamond appraisal performed by an
independent third party. This step is important because it confirms that the diamond is what they said it