So You Have A Gemstone ..
And your curious of whether or not it's a Diamond. Of course having a certified gemologist examine, test and tell you if this is the case or not, is the best way. Unfortunately, it's probably the most expensive way as well. It will cost roughly $70 to $90 USD to have a certified report completed on a diamond larger than .15ct. I don't want to pay that kind of money unless I am sure that I have a diamond, and that it will be worth way more than what it will cost to have it tested. I'm not looking for that kind of report, and I only want to know if there's a good chance that this stone I just acquired is a diamond on not.
Below I am holding both a Real Diamond and another crystal clear stone which is NOT a Diamond. If your good, then you can already see a few differences between the two stones, that may give the secret away. Which is which??
I Was Going Through Some Old Jewelry ..
That I bought either on purpose for the gold, to fix, or maybe some of the pieces came with some other stuff I bought. Either way, I remover the stone from the piece and am ready to figure out what I have. Well, for this post, I am only going to show you one quick method I use. It's pretty reliable, although it's NOT fool proof by any means. It's called the dot method and this is how I perform the test.
Step 1 ..
Grab a small piece of white (preferably) paper and place your stones on it.
Step 2 ..
Turn your stones face down on the paper so that the "table" of the stone is flat against the paper and the tapered cut portion is pointing upward.
Step 3 ..
Draw a small black dot on it's surface. Try and keep the dot about 1mm or smaller in size.
Step 4 ..
Slowly move the stone directly over the top and as close to the center of that dot as possible.
Step 5 ..
Now, look straight down on top of the stone and take notice whether or not you can see the dot clearly or not. You mat have to gently move the gem around to see how the reflected image changes. If the dot is recognizable, as you can see pictured above and below, then the stone is not a diamond. In these pictures the stone is reflecting a sort of doughnut looking shape, not a full dot. That's okay, because the way the stone was cut creates that type of reflection. I am not sure what type of gem this is yet, but I am sure that it is not a diamond.
If it was a diamond, then the dot will be unrecognizable when the stone is positioned directly over top of it. Take a look at the picture below. The stone is sitting over top of the dot and you can hardly make out any signs of black ink, let alone any sort of shape. This IS a real diamond.
Side By Side ..
The REAL Diamond is on the left and the fake one is on the right (All Three Photos)
Now that you know, I bet you can see the clear differences.
It Was That Simple ..
Is this test fool proof? Nope. There are some stones that are cut so well that they will give you a false positive on this test, so beware. This test is only for the fun of it and a quick way for me to weed out the bad stuff. One of the best ways to self test stones is to pick up a reflective meter and/or thermal conductivity prob like the ones pictured here.
If You Really Want To Be Sure ..
And are ready to pay to have it appraised and certified, then shop around for a reputable, certified gemologist.
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About Me ~ The Artist
My art work incorporates a wide variety of subject matter, including landscape, seascape, cityscape, and still life images. My works are the product of a continuing process of exploration through which I seek to portray personal and visionary interpretations of my surroundings. My paintings are impressions of places and events from everyday life, an interpretation of my imagination, and personal responses to what I see and feel on a daily basis. More recently I have invested generous amounts of time into my landscape painting. I am surrounded by natural and man made beauty, which inherently presents itself in the tri-state area, and almost demands that I paint it.
Not everything is art. Art is not everything, but it comes close. Art is everywhere and all the time. Art makes you experience the beauty of the world, the people in it, and the places we call home. Art itself is so influential that it can tell stories, show feelings, and express passion or fury. Art exists in addition to language; expression of sensations and thoughts, revealing a way of thinking too subtle and delicate for words.
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