Diamond Engagement Rings: Real or Not Real?

Feb. 11 2014
There is a lot to know about diamond engagement rings. However, the first question would be: is your diamond engagement ring real or not?

L and I were heading to an appointment to view some more diamond engagement rings and were panicking because there was just so much left to learn! We realised that we were not even sure if we could honestly tell a real diamond from a fake.

So, I decided that we should employee the same good old tried and true tactics that got me through my A-levels (and a little bit beyond): the Cliff Notes Guide to Diamonds. Now unfortunately this doesn’t actually exist, but what L and I decided we needed was a brief how-to guide for distinguishing whether a diamond engagement ring was real or a fake. We would get to the ‘diamond quality’ information later!

Baguette princess cut diamond by James Newman

Baguette princess cut diamond by James Newman

Designer Certification

Thankfully, L and I had every confidence in our Favourite Designers from the start and they had already happily shown us certificates displaying several authenticating acronyms such as GIA, AGSL, LGP, and PGGL. Each certificate verified the quality and value of the diamonds in question,

although in my opinion it is the beautiful craftsmanship and artistry of a designer’s bespoke ring that makes it truly priceless.

Reflective Properties

Apparently there are a few nifty little tricks one can use to tell a fake diamond engagement ring from a genuine specimen. The first, and easiest one, is to observe its reflective properties. If you see shades of grey, you’ve got a diamond; rainbow, you’ve got a poor quality diamond, if not a fake one. Or turn it over and try reading a magazine or newspaper through it. If you can read the text clearly, chances are you’re dealing with a fake.

The Fog Test

You can also utilise a quick ‘fog’ test. Simply hold the diamond up in front of your mouth and fog it like you would a mirror. A real diamond will disperse the heat immediately. If the fog lingers for a few seconds, then it is probably a fake.

Another similar test involves taking a lighter and heating the stone for 30 seconds and then plunging it into cold water to see if it shatters. However, I can guarantee you that any designer or jeweller, whether they are reputable or not, will probably object to this little manoeuvre so it’s probably best to rely on other testing methods.

Platinum and diamond engagement, wedding and eternity ring set by Jon Dibben

Platinum and diamond engagement, wedding and eternity ring set by Jon Dibben

Ask Your Friends

Once L and I felt we had the basics of ‘is it real or not’ mastered, moving on to the information regarding a stone’s quality seemed a little easier. However, the whole process has been made less stressful due to the fact that we have mainly worked with recommendations and referrals from people we know and trust.


Diamond Ring, designed by Keith Gordon

This kind advice has led us into an amazing world of bespoke diamond engagement rings which are so beautifully and lovingly crafted that it removes any doubt from our minds regarding the quality of the stones and the pieces themselves.

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