Master Jeweler Explains How to Tell the Difference Between a Diamond and a Cubic Zirconia

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Choosing an engagement ring can be a tough decision to make as you want your significant other to feel loved and valued by your choice. You want to make sure you buy a nice ring, but you also can’t afford to break the bank. It’s no surprise then that some choose cubic zirconia over diamonds. How can you tell the difference?

Daniel Anania, a jeweler located in Sydney, Australia, showed the easiest way to tell if a ring is an actual diamond or cubic zirconia. The luxury jeweler put a side-by-side image of two engagement rings, one diamond and the other cubic zirconia.

To start, Anania explained the three most important things to consider when buying a diamond ring: the weight, clarity, and color. Considering all three if you’re worried about buying a fake.

Take a look at the two rings below. The average person would probably claim that they don’t see a difference. In reality, the ring on the right is a one-carat diamond ring which you can expect to pay anywhere from $6,000-$8,000.

The left ring is still a perfectly fine ring, but don’t expect to pass it off as the aforementioned $7,000 ring. Instead, cubic zirconia rings are typically much brighter than actual diamonds. Anania explains that this is a dead giveaway and that that ring should cost closer to $300.

Anania added some additional tips to potential ring buyers in the hopes that they won’t overpay.  “First, feel the weight [of the ring]. Silver is light, gold is heavy and platinum is even heavier,” he explained.

If you’re really hesitant, then simply ask the jeweler “to see the diamond through a loupe (a small magnifying glass every jeweler should have). It needs to be 10x magnification.” He then added a pretty obvious warning. “If the stone is too clean inside and is being sold too cheaply – it is probably fake.”

That isn’t to say that buying a cubic zirconia ring isn’t okay. Buy what you can afford, but use these tips to make sure you don’t get ripped off if you’re buying what you hope is a diamond engagement ring.