‘Diamonds are forever’… unless it’s not a diamond!!
But how can you tell?
The Pearl Team at Coleman Douglas Pearls shares a few basic points to bear in mind when shopping for diamonds.
The best way to find out if a diamond is genuine or not is by trying to scratch it, heating it or looking at it through a microscope. Although these pointers are great, they aren’t the most practical when purchasing a stone…no retailer will thank you for scratching their stones, heating them up or getting out a huge microscope from your handbag and checking them out on the shop floor! …a jeweller’s loop would be better!
Fortunately there are 3 more subtle ways of finding out the million dollar questions.
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When looking at a real diamond you should not be able to see through it, this is because of the way that diamonds refract and bend the light, giving the stone a beautiful sparkle.
When looking at cubic zirconia (CZ), glass or quartz stones, they too will have a sparkle, but it will never match up to the brilliance of a diamond.
Take your diamond into the light and see what it looks like. A real diamond should have a white sparkle throwing off a few flashes of colour known as fire. A high quality diamond will sparkle with a grey and white colour known as brilliance.
If you are ever in doubt about the stone seek an expert.
But if you don’t have time for that take a long hard look at how it sparkles.
‘We are all stars and we deserve to twinkle’ – Marilyn Monroe
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