Is That Diamond Real?

In May of this year, it was reported that more than 600 synthetic colorless diamonds were submitted to the International Gemological Institute without disclosure. How could synthetic diamonds be mistaken for real?
Unlike cubic zurconia, which are chemically different than mined diamonds, CVD diamonds are grown in labs and have chemical characteristics similar to those of natural diamonds. One distinguishing factor of synthetics are that they are all Type IIa. In nature, only about 1-2% of diamonds are Type IIa. These diamonds are almost devoid of impurities and are colorless. In essence, they are perfect. And if you’re growing diamonds, why would you want less than perfect?
So how can you tell the difference between real and synthetic? Unfortunately, most jewelers cannot because they are viewing the stones with a 10x magnifying loupe or microscope. To distinguish a real diamond from a lab-grown stone, it needs to be viewed using a special tool, such as De Beers’ DiamondView.
Of course, you may come across a real diamond that is Type IIa; there is a small percentage of them in the world inventory. The important thing is to know your source when buying diamonds. Avilan™ tracks all of our diamond sources to ensure that we are only purchasing and selling post-consumer diamonds. Each stone in our inventory is thoroughly inspected prior to sale to ensure it is real.
Learn more about the Avilan Storied Diamond™ and how you can make a difference.

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One Response to Is That Diamond Real?

  1. Jerry says:

    It does indeed sound like coluor F diamonds, which are themselves very good. Bearing in mind that the very whitest diamonds you can get are coluor D, it is only 2 grades down from this, so in theiry they should be lovely, white diamonds. I guess there’s nothing on the ring relating to the clarity of the diamonds? Do make sure that the diamonds are eye-clean (ie there are no visible inclusions in the diamonds to the naked eye). After all, there is little point in having great quality F coluored diamonds with a poor clarity grade, as you won’t get the sparkle factor I’m sure you want. I hope this helps in some way.

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