Diamonds ๐Ÿ’Ž 101: How to Tell if They're Real ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ or Fake ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ ...

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Some time in your life you might come across jewelry or single stones, either as an heirloom, gift or by some other means, and you might wonder if those diamond-looking jewels are real!

While there are many beautiful stones that look like diamonds, you'll still want to know if what you have in your possession is real or not.

If your jewels are not in a setting, the process of determining their authenticity is easier because you can see the whole stone.

Keep reading for some easy ways to tell if your diamond is real or fake!

1. Sand Paper Test

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A diamond is the hardest mineral on earth.

The only thing that can cut a diamond is another diamond.

If you suspect you have a fake on your hands, and you don't mind possibly ruining the stone, rub the stone with sand paper.

A fake will scuff up no problem while a real diamond will not.

Kind of a scary method, however!

2. Buoyancy Test

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Diamonds are very dense.

Place a diamond, without a setting, into a glass of water.2

If it sinks to the bottom right away, it could be real.

If it floats or hangs out in the middle of the glass, it's not real.

However, some stones will also sink so pair this test with another!

3. Brilliance & Fire

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Diamonds bend light in such a way that they sparkle grey and white within the diamond.

This is called brilliance.

It will also reflect rainbow light onto surfaces when held up to the light, called fire.

If you look directly at your diamond and you see rainbow colors throughout, and not the grey and white brilliance, it's probably not real.

4. Newspaper Test

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Because a diamond has a high refractive index, it bends light all over the place.

If your stone isn't in a setting, try placing it over a page in a book or newspaper.

You should not even see black letters through a real diamond!

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