A luxury jewellery company has revealed how to spot the difference between a real diamond and cheap cubic zirconia.
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So can you spot which ring has a diamond worth $10,950 and which one contains a $500 cubic zirconia?
Daniel Anania from Anania Jewellers in Sydney’s CBD shared this image of two rings side-by-side with FEMAIL to show just how difficult it can be to tell real and fake diamonds apart with the naked eye
The ring on the right is the more expensive gem and is a one carat brilliant cut round diamond that is colour G with a clarity SI2.
In comparison the jewel on the left is a ‘one carat size’ cubic zirconia.
When visiting a jeweller Mr Anania has a few tips on how to know whether you’re getting the best price for what you’re after.
‘Feel the weight. Silver is light, gold is heavy and platinum is even heavier,’ he told FEMAIL.
These are the key differences Mr Anania pointed out to FEMAIL
When visiting a jeweller Mr Anania has a few tips for deciphering whether you’re getting the best price for what you’re after
How can you tell the difference?
*Zirconia is totally flawless and doesn’t have any indents, known as inclusions.
*Zirconia scratches easily.
*Shining a light on a zirconia will produce a rainbow of colours – a diamond will not be as colourful.
*Zirconia will be twice as heavy as a diamond.
*If you breathe on a zirconia your breath will stay on it longer than breathing on a diamond.
‘Ask to see the diamond through a loupe (a small magnifying glass every jeweller should have). It needs to be 10x magnification.
‘I like S11 and SI2 diamond clarity because the natural inclusions bring the price down, but under magnification you can see distinctive characters that you can’t see with the naked eye.
‘If the stone is too clean inside and is being sold too cheaply – it is probably fake.’
He explained how most diamonds are laser inscribed with their certificate number so make sure the certificate you are given and the inscription on the ring match.
‘Insist on seeing what you are having made before any diamonds or stones are set,’ Mr Anania said
Why are cubic zirconias so popular?
Cubic zirconia is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide.
The material is hard, optically flawless and usually colourless, but may be made in a variety of different colours.
Because of their low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamonds, cubic zirconia has remained the biggest competitor for diamonds since commercial production began in 1976.
‘Jewellery is a profession of trust more than anything else,’ he said by way of caution.
‘Longer established firms have more of a reputation to lose than pop up shops. The character of the jeweller/sales person you are dealing with goes a long way in giving confidence.
If you purchase your ring at a retail store and you are buying something out of a showcase you can rest assured that this is protected by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
‘If you are having something custom made and it is being done locally the turn around time should be 2-3 weeks at the most,’ he said.
‘Insist on seeing what you are having made before any diamonds or stones are set, so you have the opportunity to check the centre diamond (the majority of your cost) to verify it is what you purchased, and then check it again when you pickup before you pay.’
Because of how many options shoppers have, they should be vocal about how they feel and ensure they are ‘happy’ with the ring they have purchased, Mr Anania said.
‘Jewellers stake their reputation on every job they do so good ones understand that and do whatever it takes to make sure the customer is not just happy, but confident that they are getting the value that they need.’
Anania Jewellers started in Sydney in 1965 and Daniel is the third generation running this business. They specialise in custom making jewellery and it’s all done on-site.