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How can I tell if a diamond is real?

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asked Jan 5, 2016 in Shopping and Product Reviews by Kate
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Getting to know whether a diamond is real or not is quite easy. Here are two simple ways to do this:

 

Do an x-ray examination.

 

Diamonds have a radiolucent molecular structure, which means that they don't appear in x-ray images. Glass, cubic zirconium and crystals all have slightly radiopaque qualities that make them show up clearly on an x-ray.

 

If you want to get your diamond x-ray tested, you can either hand it over to a professional diamond evaluation lab or work something out with your local x-ray imaging center.

 

Newspaper method.

 

You begin by turning the stone upside down and placing it on a piece of newspaper. If you can read anything through the stone, or even see distorted black smudges, then it probably isn't a real diamond. A diamond would bend the light so sharply that you wouldn't be able to see the print.

 

References:

 

[1] http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-a-Diamond-is-Real

 

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond

answered Jan 7, 2016 by benbailey (5,400 points)

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