Ever wondered what the methods for testing the authenticity of your diamonds are? Maybe some of your favourite inherited pieces look a bit questionable. This practical guide by Liquid Finance will put your diamond collection to the test.
The most reliable way to know if you have authentic diamonds is to test your stones with a diamond tester. Diamond testers range from affordable to costly with the more expensive ones being able to test a wider variety of diamond alternatives. If you are not ready to buy a diamond tester just yet then these next tips will prove useful. However, Liquid Finance recommends that you get an honest opinion about your diamond by having a free evaluation done by the professionals at Liquid Finance.
The Water Test
Fill up a clear drinking glass with water and then drop your loose diamond stone into the glass. If the stone sinks to the bottom of the glass, then you have a real diamond. If the diamond resurfaces and floats around, then your diamond is probably fake. This test works because the high density of diamonds will cause them to sink to the bottom.
The Fog Test
This test is relatively easy and can be performed on loose stones or set diamonds. Hold the diamond between two fingers and close to your line of sight for good visibility. Breathe or puff on the stone. You will instantly see the formation of fog on the surface of your diamond. If the fog clears right away, then you have a real diamond. If it takes the fog a few seconds to dissipate, then you are more likely to have a fake diamond. This test is effective because diamonds are good conductors of heat, meaning they give off heat relatively quickly.
The Heat Test
Another way to test your diamond collection is to really heat up your stones. Take a set of pliers and gloves and then heat your diamond with a lighter or a torch. You can do this for about 40 seconds and then drop the diamond into a glass of cold water. If the stone is damaged or shattered then it is not a real diamond. Real diamonds are one of the strongest materials naturally formed on the earth and also really good heat conductors.
These first tips offer a solution for trying to discover if your diamond is real or not., but since no home test is conclusive, Liquid Finance wants to reiterate that it’s important to get honest feedback from a trusted buyer and seller. Liquid Finance’s selling experience is free and will get you the answer you need about your diamond. For more tips concerning at home diamond evaluations continue reading.
The Light Test
Real diamonds are known to reflect white light exceptionally well. Hold your stone under a bright lamp and look at how the light is being reflected off of the diamond. You should see various glimmers of white and coloured light bouncing off your stone. If your diamond is not giving off lots of light then it points to being inauthentic.
The Dot Test
Diamonds have amazing refractivity which causes them to reflect light in different directions. This means that you will not be able to see clearly through a real diamond. To test this you can draw a dot on a white sheet of paper and then place your diamond on the dot. Make sure the flat end of your diamond is facing downwards. Look through your diamond with the pointed end of your stone facing upwards. If you see any circular reflections inside the diamond then it is most certainly a fake. If no reflection or dot is visible through the diamond, then it is more likely to be real.
These tips can be very handy in testing out your diamonds at home. Please do take precautionary methods by wearing safety glasses and gloves when testing if your gemstones are real. If you are still uncertain then call Liquid Finance for a free evaluation of your collection without destroying it. With ample experience in helping you sell unwanted diamond, Liquid Finance can also take care of jewellery that has overstayed its welcome. All these services mentioned are part of Liquid Finance’s famous selling experience which offers a free secure evaluation with no obligation.