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Is Your Diamond Real?

Posted on December 18, 2014 by Stacy Harbert | 0 Comments

You’re burning your Precious Gem Candle, waiting patiently for the foil packet to be revealed so you can discover what gem is hidden inside. Or, maybe more realistically, you just dig right in to find your hidden surprise. Either way you find it, uncovering your gemstone is an exciting process.

Now, you’ve gotten to the hidden treasure, open it up, and find a beautiful gemstone. Maybe it’s blue or yellow, or even pink or black. Or, maybe it’s a beautiful, sparkly white. You think, “Can it be? Did I find a diamond?” Carefully unfurling the label included with your gem, you see the words “Congratulations!” in big, bold letters. You confirm what you were hoping – you’ve found a diamond! After a few moments of celebration, you may think “Wait…how do I know for sure that it’s real?”

While we give our personal guarantee that every gemstone hidden inside Precious Gem Candles is genuine, it is wise to get higher valued gemstones, especially diamonds, inspected by a professional. We recently had a customer who found a canary diamond in her candle, and she brought it to a Jared jewelry store to look into getting it set as a piece of jewelry. The associate, after looking at it through a loupe and performing one other test on it, said that it was either a sapphire or cubic zirconia, but not a diamond.

After a few phone calls were made, and our customer made a trip back to the Jared store she first visited, the general manager performed a density test on the gem and determined that it was, in fact, a genuine canary diamond. While it gave everyone a bit of a scare right away, it taught us the importance of having your gemstone inspected by a knowledgeable professional who is using the right tools to avoid any gemstone misdiagnosis.

Here are some ways to test your diamond:

  1. Ask for a heat probe test. Often, this is done free of charge. Diamonds disperse heat quickly, so real diamonds will not heat up quickly. This tests how long the diamond retains temperature, and it doesn’t hurt the stone at all.
  2. Cubic zirconia is about 50% heavier than a real diamond of the same size, so density tests compare your stone to a real diamond of the same size. If the density is the same, then you know it is not cubic zirconia!
  3. Almost all diamonds have some sort of inclusion or flaw that can be seen under magnification, so if your stone is flawless, that could be a sign that it is not a natural diamond
  4. If you set a diamond on top of a newspaper, you should not be able to read the print through the diamond. Obviously, this one does not work for black diamonds.

Colored diamonds are found naturally due to trace minerals and natural radiation, but are also often laboratory treated by irradiation to (safely) enhance their natural color. Naturally brown diamonds can even be made clear by high-pressure high-temperature treatments! Rich, naturally colored diamonds are quite rare, so most colored diamonds you see for sale have been treated to enhance the color. This is not the same thing as “laboratory-grown” diamonds, which, while still actual diamond material, are not naturally created.

So, when you discover a diamond in your Precious Gem Candle, we hope you’ll feel confident in knowing it is a genuine, natural diamond, and if you decide to get it tested, you’ll know exactly what to ask for!





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