If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then I definitely need some more friends. Luckily for me, there is a shop here in good ol’ Springfield where you can buy friends, and that shop is called Maxon’s Diamond Merchants.
I was enjoying Women’s Whiskey Wednesday one fateful rainy evening at Missouri Spirits when I met the lovely Fallan – a jewelry designer at Maxon’s who creates beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces for clients or helps customers upgrade their diamonds. I actually did not know upgrading your diamond was a thing – but I do now!! This can come in handy as your income increases and you feel your beloved deserves a bigger rock on his/her finger….or you want them to stop nagging you about cleaning out the garage.
Back to the story, I met Fallan and, being a bit of a girly-girl with expensive taste, I started picking her brain on all things icy…one of course, was being able to tell the difference between a real and fake diamond.
Now ladies, before reading the rest of this article I would highly recommend that you hide any sharp or blunt force objects from yourself, or bury them in the backyard. WeDames does not condone the use of violence towards any other person, be it man, woman or child. Keep in mind that a gemologist can look at that rock for you and be able to tell better than any layman or woman whether or not your stone is real.
Also remember your S/O’s are doing the best they can, and they may not have read this article in time to ensure you HAD a properly certified diamond in that gorgeous platinum ring setting prior to your engagement. This is why everyone needs to read these articles more.
The Difference Between Fake and Real Diamonds
I loved how passionate Fallan was talking about her line-of-work. Anyone who loves what they do as a profession has my admiration. She is one of those rare individuals who has known for a long time that designing jewelry was her calling. She has been with le upscale diamond paradise, Maxon’s, for a few years and enjoys the artistic expression her employment offers.
Fast-forward to a girl’s night out at Cesar’s Old Mexico where girlfriend Kathleen and I listened intently to all Fallon had to say about real and fake diamonds…over margaritas…it was margarita-Monday – don’t judge!
- Weight and Hardness
Did you know cubic zirconia is heavier than a diamond? Of course, you would need the right equipment or a trained eye to check for you. On a side note, Fallan was trained by one of the owner’s of Maxon’s – a gemologist named Rick with 35 years of experience. One of the key differences between real and fake diamonds is that a synthetic diamond is often heavier than a real diamond. This is because it is denser, but where they are dense, they lack in hardness.
“The only thing that can cut a diamond is another diamond,” Fallan admitted that evening. As you may know, cubic zirconia is almost always flawless (something that is rare to find in a real diamond), though it can become scratched or cloudy with time.
- Light Dispersion
A cubic zirconia has a higher dispersion quality – an effect which is responsible for the ‘fire’ of a stone – and will sparkle and reflect light more than a diamond. But, cubic zirconia has a lower refractive index – which results in a lower brilliance – than a diamond, so it does not ‘capture’ light in the same way that a diamond will.
Cubic zirconia is MUCH cheaper than a diamond…fyi. But you knew that already, didn’t you?
Home Tests to See if Your Diamond is Real or Not
This is where it gets a little tricky – again, please hop over to Maxon’s and check with one of their trained staff members before beating your S/O senseless.
- Fog or Breath Test
Make sure your stone is clean, and breath on it. Diamonds are a great conductor of heat, so the vapor should disperse immediately while on a synthetic diamond the fog will stay a few second ds more.
- Read-Through Test
If your stone is loose, take it and put it upside down over a book or newspaper. If you can’t read the letters and words through the stone, it may be a real diamond. If the letters are visible, however, it may be time to go to your neighborhood friend store, Maxon’s.
Again, the way to be certain is to take your piece to Fallan or one of the other staff members at Maxon’s.
If diamonds aren’t your thing and watches are, they are Springfield’s only certified Rolex dealer. Now watches? Those are my thing. And hey! Christmas is right around the corner…. *hint hint*. They also carry Tag Heuer and Tudor – pretty cool if I may say so myself. If your man isn’t into ice, perhaps he is into some top-of-the-line timepieces.
If you are interested in the creation of that one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for a loved one, or for me, visit Fallan at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants.