Where can you find diamonds that are the real thing, and not fake or of dubious origin? Your best bet would be at a reputable diamond and jewellery dealer. Still, it is of utmost importance that you know whether the diamonds you are buying are real, or not.
Your first step is to ask for a certificate, grading authority (for example GIA, AGSL, LGP, PGGL) or for an independent appraiser who is affiliated with a professional organization. This is especially important if you are buying diamonds online and therefore do not have physical access to the stone itself. The anonymity of the Internet allows people to sell diamonds that are, in fact, not really diamonds.
Certification can help to counteract this issue. Of course, though, a certificate is merely the opinion of someone who may or may not have years of experience. So the best solution is to do your homework and buy what you know is right and real. The problem is, how do you know what is right and real?
Firstly, trust your gut. If your instincts are screaming at you that the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Look at the environment you’re in while buying or selling diamonds or jewellery. If you do not feel safe, the chances are the diamonds you are buying may not be real.
Secondly, consider a reputable diamond dealer as your go-to seller. In this way you are not only assured that the diamond or diamond jewellery purchase you are making is the real thing, but you can also be sure that the diamond in question was legally mined, is legally being traded and is therefore not a ‘dirty diamond’. Of course, some so-called reputable dealers are not as above board as they appear to be, so it’s always important to be on your toes. To help you out, there are two key ways in which to tell the rock from the not:
- Buy a combination Diamond / Moissanite Tester. These are readily available and can quickly indicate if the ‘diamond’ in question is a true diamond or a simulant.
- Put the stone under a UV light. Many (but not all) diamonds will exhibit blue fluorescence under an ultra violet or black light, so the presence of a medium to strong blue will go towards confirming that it is real. The absence of blue, however, does not mean it is fake – it could simply be a better quality diamond. If you see a very slight green, yellow, or grey fluorescence under ultraviolet light, it may be Moissanite.
The cost of gold and diamonds alone dictates that you should not only be a 100% sure that you are not buying a fake, but that you should also exercise due caution when buying or selling diamonds. You can land yourself in a lot of unwarranted trouble if you are found to be dealing in stolen diamonds or gold jewellery. Unfortunately, ‘not knowing that the item was illegally mined or imported’ will not automatically exonerate you. Ignorance of the law is never an excuse for having broken it.
Looking to sell diamonds or jewellery or in need of buyers for your diamonds? The bottom line is to safely and securely obtain or sell diamonds or jewellery items through reputable, trustworthy diamond dealers or agents only.
For more information on where can you find diamonds, or on the best way to sell diamonds, contact Liquid Fin today.