Your Questions About Diamonds

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Susan asks…

How can I tell a real diamond from a fake one without bringing it to a professional?

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If it looks too perfect, its probably fake. Truly clear, flawless diamonds are very rare. But you can always do the “glass scratch” test. A real diamond will cut glass, but a fake one won’t.

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Donald asks…

How can you tell the difference between a real diamond and a fake one?

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Real diamonds cut glass.Diamond is the hardest natural material known, scoring 10 on the relative Mohs scale of mineral hardness and having an absolute hardness value of between 90, 167, and 231 gigapascals in various tests. Diamond’s hardness has been known since antiquity, and is the source of its name. However, aggregated diamond nanorods, an allotrope of carbon first synthesized in 2005, are now believed to be even harder than diamond.[2]

The hardest diamonds in the world are from the New England area in New South Wales, Australia. These diamonds are generally small, perfect to semiperfect octahedra, and are used to polish other diamonds. Their hardness is considered to be a product of the crystal growth form, which is single stage growth crystal. Most other diamonds show more evidence of multiple growth stages, which produce inclusions, flaws, and defect planes in the crystal lattice all of which affect their hardness (Taylor et al. 1990).

Industrial use of diamonds has historically been associated with their hardness; this property makes diamond the ideal material for cutting and grinding tools. It is one of the most known and most useful of more than 3,000 known minerals. As the hardest known naturally occurring material, diamond can be used to polish, cut, or wear away any material, including other diamonds. Common industrial adaptations of this ability include diamond-tipped drill bits and saws, or use of diamond powder as an abrasive. Other specialized applications also exist or are being developed, including use as semiconductors: some blue diamonds are natural semiconductors, in contrast to most other diamonds, which are excellent electrical insulators. Industrial-grade diamonds are either unsuitable for use as gems or synthetically produced, which lowers their price and makes their use economically feasible. Industrial applications, especially as drill bits and engraving tools, also date to ancient times.

The hardness of diamonds also contributes to its suitability as a gemstone. Because it can only be scratched by other diamonds, it maintains its polish extremely well, keeping its luster over long periods of time. Unlike many other gems, it is well-suited to daily wear because of its resistance to scratching—perhaps contributing to its popularity as the preferred gem in an engagement ring or wedding ring, which are often worn every day.

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Mark asks…

What are the most affordable,yet durable hardwood floors?

We currently have the laminate type and are building and would like real hardwood.

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Oak is still the least expensive durable hardwood. Choose the finnish based upon how long you’d like it to last before refinnishing and your traffic level of your home. If you’d like a more contemporary look consider a stained maple. Maple is also very hard. The Janka scale will help you to determine hardness of a particular species. Stay away from American Cherry and the softer woods if you want to avoid dings and dents. The clearer finnishes on the hardwood floors are a good way to spot quality. Generally the wear life of a finnish ranges from 10 years to 25 years. The wear life does not determine how easily it will scratch the only way to determine that is to scratch it. The polyurethane finnishes with the aluminum oxide are best. Aluminum oxide is the second hardest substance to a diamond.

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Steven asks…

What is the best way to test if a diamond is real (yourself!)?

Is there any simple test you can do to verify that a diamond is genuine? I found a cut diamond, it must be about 1.2 carrots. I cannot determine if it is a fake, or if it is real. How would I know?
If I cannot tell if it is a real diamond or not by looking at it, why would I want to know whether it was real or not?
Some information on the internet said it is difficult to fake an inclusion in a diamond. In other words if the diamond is not flawless (or near flawless), it is more difficult to spot!
I think I meant if the diamond was flawless then it is easier to fake.

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Get a microscope for the eye and see for yourself, if it doesn’t have any graining on the diamond, it isn’t real, plus, if you can’t scratch glass with it, its not real

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Daniel asks…

Does anyone know the colors that are found in a true daimond?

Is there anyway you can tell if the stone is real without having a daimond tester?

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Try and scratch it. If it scratches easily, then.. Dang.. Its fake..
Colours? Diamonds are found in… Many colours =]

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