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Fake Diamonds

Wow, fake diamonds! I really don't like turning this corner and heading down this road.... but we do need to talk about fake diamonds because it is a real concern and fake diamonds have been around for hundreds of years.

Before we get too far, I do need to say that the term "fake diamond" is not technically correct. Any term that ends with the word "diamond" must actually be a diamond.... the exact same physical, chemical, and optical properties of diamond.... such as synthetic diamond, man-made diamond, or clarity enhanced diamond. And fake diamonds do not fit into this category.

So a colorless gemstone, a fake diamond, that just looks like a diamond but it really is something totally different, then the term that should be used is a "diamond simulant" because it simulates a diamond. On this page, and on this page only, I will use the term fake diamond because it gives more of an impact.

  What I think of when I hear the term fake....    

According to the dictionary, fake has the same meaning as counterfeit. Once when I went to a jewelry show in Hong Kong, besides going to the jewelry show I also had 2 tasks that were given to me by my wife.... so it automatically they became "must do" tasks. First, I had to buy a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cup and plate for my son, he was just 3 at that time and he loved those guys! And I also needed to get a Rolex for my brother-in-law, Kumiko's sister's husband.... but he didn't want to spend more than $200 Hong Kong dollars ($25US).

I had a couple of hours after arriving so I was off on my mission. I went directly to the Toys-R-Us on Kowloon.... at that time; we didn't have a Toys-R-Us in our area of Japan.... so that first task was easy enough. What was even easier was finding a "fake Rolex".... I actually was able to do it on the Star Ferry on the way back to Hong Kong Island.

There was another time that comes to mind when Kumiko and I were in Seoul and we ended up buying a "fake" Louis Vuitton bag for her niece for $7.50US. In both instances I knew that I was buying a "fake" and I wasn't being tricked into thinking that I was in anyway buying the real thing. Most people would not be able to tell that the bag or watch were not the real thing.

  It's been going on for a long time!    

Hundreds of years ago, fake diamonds were made out of glass, and commonly referred to as "paste", the Italian term given to it because the molten glass had to have the consistency of pasta before it was pressed into the molds that formed the shape. There have been many other "fake diamonds" over the years and recently fake diamonds have gotten very, very good!
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What changes some diamond simulants to go to the "dark side of the force" and become fake diamonds? It is the addition of the human emotion of greed. The diamond simulants by themselves are fine; actually I've seen some terrific pieces of jewelry made with Synthetic Cubic Zirconia or Synthetic Moissanite.

The greed comes in when one person convinces another person that the "fake diamond" is indeed a real diamond. It does take a buyer and a seller in order for the fake diamond to be successfully being sold as the real thing.

The seller does know what terms to use when talking about the good and bad points of diamonds. They will present the fake diamond as the real thing or because the fake diamonds are "almost the same" as the real thing..... of course, the fake diamonds have all of the good features of diamonds and none of the bad features.

Whichever is the case, the fake diamonds can be had a bargain prices. This can only work because the buyer is willing to believe many myths about diamonds and the jewelry business.

Many times the main reason that a diamond simulant (a fake diamond) can be passed off as a real diamond is because the buyer already has the belief that all diamonds are overpriced, a waste of money, are a rip off, and maybe, just maybe, the buyer really does not want to buy a diamond but instead needs to buy a diamond.... so this leaves the buyer open to a seller who comes along with a fake diamond and tells the buyer that a whole bunch of money can be saved by buying their product.... and besides the fake diamonds are just as good if not better than real diamonds!

Diamond simulants (fake diamonds) have their place in the jewelry business. They are a good inexpensive choice for earrings, a pendant, or a pin. However, a clarity enhanced diamond could also be something that you should consider for inexpensive jewelry. A diamond will always outshine any diamond simulant that I've ever seen!

- Important Take Away Points -
Fake Diamonds

#1- If the stone being described is referred to as a "________ diamond", then it actually must be a diamond. Synthetic diamonds, clarity enhanced diamonds, and fancy colored diamonds are diamonds.... fake diamonds are not diamonds.

#2- If a "deal" on a diamond is too good to be true.... it probably is, just walk away. If it is such a good deal, it will be there tomorrow.

#3- I have seen a lot of advice and videos on how to test if you have real or fake diamonds.... the same 6 lame "tests" have been regurgitated over and over again, and all of this fantasy about testing a diamond started with a guy that published a book full of misinformation about diamonds! 99.9% of people wouldn't be able to tell if a stone was a real diamond or a fake diamond by using these tests.... if you need to know, visit a local jewelry store and if you ask nicely, they might be able to give you a "real or fake diamond" answer.

#4- If you follow the steps on buying a diamond that are laid out here on diamond-buying-made-easier then you won't need to worry about ending up with a fake diamond!

#5- There are a few websites that are offering colorless gemstones (fake diamonds) along with very carefully worded descriptions of those gems. It would be very easy to misunderstand the description to the point of believing that these gems are diamonds. They certainly go through a lot of trouble to lead the visitor down that road. I know for a fact that what you end up with is a Cubic Zirconia. There is nothing wrong with a CZ but it is not a diamond.

If you want a CZ, do yourself a favor and save some money.... don't buy from one of these websites, instead go to your local jeweler and tell them you want a CZ mounted in a piece of jewelry. It will probably be bit cheaper than on one of these websites and now you will have someone locally be able to service your new piece of jewelry.

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