Spotting a Synthetic Diamond vs. a Natural Diamond

If you’re in the market to buy a diamond ring or other type of diamond jewelry, you want to be sure you’re getting the type of diamond you actually want.

Some people like synthetic diamonds. Others like natural diamonds. In reality one’s not better than the other. They both shine and sparkle with beauty. One was just made by the earth and universe, while the other was created in a lab.

But if you want a natural diamond, it sucks being conned into buying a synthetic diamond you thought was natural. The same goes for natural diamonds. A lot of people want to buy synthetic diamonds on moral grounds because of the potential to inadvertently buy a conflict diamond.

So it’s a good idea to learn to differentiate between natural and synthetic stones.

Unfortunately, there’s not really a great way to tell. Screening tests can only currently be done on type 1a diamonds.

Not all hope is lost, though. Most times, synthetic diamonds are pretty much created flawless with “perfect” attributes. And you’ll notice that you have a perfect or near perfect stone for an affordable price. Fully flawless diamonds that are natural are much more expensive.

So even though there’s no real way to tell the difference, if you come across a flawless diamond you can assume it’s likely synthetic unless its exorbitantly priced.

Hey, at least that’s some sense of what to look for, right?

Another thing that bares mentioning is making sure when you do buy diamonds, you make sure that they’re conflict-free. Conflict diamonds come from areas of the world where there are wars or violence going on in relation to diamond mining. They are ethically bad and no one should put money towards these horrendous actions.

One of the best ways to determine if a diamond is conflict-free is to buy diamonds from stores that only deal in certified conflict free diamonds. The GIA and AGS both do certifications of diamonds and they say they’re conflict free. So it’s something to be aware of.

P.S. We also have a guide to teach you how to buy diamonds correctly. It’s a great supplementary article to read after this.

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