Is That Moissanite Diamond Authentic?

That’s a trick question.

The moissanite diamond engagement ring has become more mainstream.

But don’t confuse moissanite with diamond.

Since moissanite can fool diamond testers and jewelers:

How To Tell if That Diamond is not a Moissanite

Diamonds are durable and each stone is special. Diamond rings are highly valued because of this. That’s why it is so important to know that the diamonds used are authentic. Fake diamonds abound on the market which is why knowing how to tell the difference between an imitation stone and the real thing is so important.

You can put any diamond to the test once you understand a few tools of the trade. Here are some hints to test your diamond.

1. Fake diamonds have no flaws. The real ones do.

Only the uninitiated believe that the perfect diamond contains no flaws. It’s easy to spot Cubic Zirconia. These imitation diamonds are virtually perfect due to careful crafting. The brilliance that exists in pure diamonds is actually caused by extremely small flaws within the stone. Fakes are not brilliant because those flaws can’t be manufactured.

2. Peer into your diamond to see the real nature of your stone.

You can find out if your diamond is authentic by looking at its components when you look inside your diamond. Here’s the secret: Something is always inside of a real diamond. Within the infrastructure of the stone, it’s possible to see tiny inclusions when you use a microscope setting of 1200x. There is also a way to check this using just your eyes. Look through the side of the diamond. An authentic one won’t consist of one clear, unified color and you should not be able to see right through it. It is a fake if you can see through it and if there are zero degrees of brilliance present in the stone.

3. Examine the mount and setting.

Less expensive metals are typically used for Moissanite, Cubic Zirconia, or other imitations since they are so much cheaper. Real gold is typically not used as a setting for fake diamonds.

4. Evaluate the level of wear-and-tear on the stone.

Imitation Diamond - Scratched Up by Everyday WearIf your diamond is real, it will be extraordinarily durable. The edges will be hardened enough to put scratches onto glass. Your diamond is fake if you can either scratch it or if you find nicks or scratches on its surface.

Short and Simple Tests for Authenticity

1. The Reading Test

Set your diamond on a newspaper if it is not yet mounted. Your diamond is not real if you can see anything at all when you look through it even if the letters look more like smudges that are distorted. Light is always refracted when it travels through a real diamond due to the infrastructure’s high level of intricacy.

2. The Sandpaper Test

Diamonds are harder than anything else known on the planet. Because of this, jewelry made using real diamonds cannot be scratched. To test this, scratch your diamond using either dry or wet sandpaper. Use vigorous motions with the gritty side of the paper. It’s a fake diamond if you can nick it this way.

3. The Sparkle Test

Take two separate views of your diamond: One from the top and one from the side. When you look down into your diamond’s face, take note of its reflective qualities and compare that with how it reflects and shines when you look at it from the side. From the top, fake diamonds are made to look like the real thing. However, you won’t see those same qualities when you view it from a different angle.

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Tanzanite Gemstone Guide

Tanzanite Specimen - UnpolishedTanzanite

You might not be familiar with the gem Tanzanite, however that it due to the fact that word still has gotten around about it yet. Discovered just fifty years ago, Tanzanite is one of the new found favorites for people all over the world. It has a unique multi-colored burgundy to violet to blue appearance, which its crystal structure determines. Its incredible appearance is truly incomparable with other gems.

Tanzanite Properties

Typically faceted Tanzanites are eye-clean, which means that the naked eye cannot see any visible imperfections. Gems that don’t qualify as eye-clean quite often are much less expensive or chosen to be used as beads or cabochons. Tanzanite is a kind of colored gemstone. There are frequently difficulties with the grading process. Not many organizations agree on which specific grading rule should be used in grading the gems. However, there are grading scales in existence. The Tanzanite Foundation developed the most known one, which grades stones on the basis of brown, blue and violet hues.

Tanzanite might be the next big thing. However, it already can get fairly large. The largest rough tanzanite weighs almost 7.5 pounds, or more than 16,000 carats of vivid violet-blue.

However, most tanzanite that is discovered is granular in size. On the Mohs hardness scale, Tanzanite comes in at around 6.5. It isn’t one of the hardest gems and does need to be treated carefully. Due to its fragility, the gem shouldn’t be cleaned using an ultrasonic or steam machine. It also shouldn’t come into contact with any acid. Drastic, sudden changes in temperature can cause cracks to form inside the gem and result in rapid shrinkage or expansion.

Damage and wear can also be caused by everyday use in jewellery and other items, particularly rings.


Tanzanite deposits formed during a process that required many millions of years close to Mount Kilimanjaro. It is thought that Kilimanjaro erupting hundreds of millions of years ago caused the conditions for its growth. It is estimated that Tanzanite is over one thousand times rarer compared to the diamond. Tanzanite’s first known discoveries were mislabeled as other minerals and gems many times before it finally made its way to the Gemological Institute of America. It was there that it was identified as a new form of zoisite.

Blue zoisite is its scientific name. However, this lacked romance and commercial appeal to Tiffany & Co. mande the decision to name it after Tanzania, which was the only place in the world that it has been discovered. The gemstone’s fortunes were transformed by this change in branding. In 1969 Tiffany’s started its first public awareness campaign for this gem. Soon blue zoisite became known universally as Tanzanite. Never in Tiffany’s wildest dreams would it ever think that its campaign could have this great of an impact.

The public began to realize just how unique, in location mined and appearance Tanzanite was and started to have an insatiable appetite for it. Claimed to be the 20th century’s gemstone, enthusiasts from all over the world craved to hold, see and own tanzanite. However, experts weren’t the only ones lusting after this gem. Without even knowing its origin or name, the general public was able to see that tanzanite was a mineral that was unprecedented and unique to all that had come before. In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) adopted tanzanite as December’s official birthstone. It is the only addition that this list has had in more than a century, as well as the only gem that has been discovered during this time that has made its way onto the list.


Cut and Polished Tanzanite GemstoneTanzanite, without its color, would merely be zoisite. However, because its color is so very exclusive, typically its affiliate with the commonplace Epidote group is forgotten. Its color, in fact, could be described more accurately as an aura. Tanzanite, instead of emitting one color, glows a rainbow of purple and blue. The color of Tanzanite can vary. It is frequently described as being blue and surrounded with hints of purple. As previously stated, the formation where the crystals coalesce is what determines whether the gem is going to a violet, deep indigo, lilac or light blue stone. It is easy to reveal the blue inside the gem through the use of a fluorescent light. Incandescent light can highlight the purple. Just looking at the gem from several different angles, you can see the various colors that are trapped within. Its ability to be several different colors at the same time is another thing that further differentiates Tanzanite compared to other gems. In the rare mineral world, any kind of distinguishing feature adds value and rarity to a stone.

Where is Tanzanite Mined?

The uncommon what that the stone is collected is the only thing that matches its unique appearance. All of the world’s Tanzanite has been collected from Tanzania’s Mererani Hills. To maintain the economic prosperity brought about by Tanzanite, the country of Tanzania has passed legislation that limits the size and amount of rough material that can be legally exported. Quite naturally this region has some very special geological features given it is just a couple miles from the world’s highest free-standing mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro. It is within this unique geographical area where the only mines are where Tanzanite has been discovered. Frequently extraction occurs within small mines, most of which do not utilize modern equipment. Around half of these mines are operated and owned by local companies. Large corporations own and operate the other half.


Given its relative fragility, there are some common treatment methods that can’t be used with Tanzanite. Heat is the most common way of treating Tanzanite. The burgundy in Tanzanite starts fading away and makes way for that much sought-after violet-blue hue after it has been in a 700 degree furnace for around 30 minutes. The treatment process transforms the dim, trichroic tanzanite into brilliant, dichroic tanzanite. Maybe the best thing about this heat treatment is it changing the hue of the gem permanently. A Tanzanite gem that’s naturally blue-violete but untreated will be much more expensive compared to a treated Tanzanite that is the same size and quality.

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Different Gems and Stones used for Jewelry Making


A jewelry item is even more beautiful if it is adorned with a gem or a semi precious stone, and women are usually more attracted to them. Wondering why? The answer is easy – a gem or a semi precious stone offers more value to the item, but they also sparkle and catch the eye.

There are different gems that are used by jewelers when they create the jewelry, and depending on how expensive they are or how exclusive, you will get to get a unique item or just something very beautiful. Let’s see some gems and semi precious stones that are used in jewelry making, as they each have different meaning and symbols.

The Diamond

This is the hardest stone that can ever be found in nature, and it is also the most beautiful, having thousands of sparkles in just one small piece. It’s a real gem, with a very high value, and it’s adequate for leaders and those who are looking for success. It’s a talisman for those who want to be the first in everything, bringing hope, love, sincerity and fidelity. It’s also called the stone of perfection, being a gem that helps the person who wears it to think clearly. It also brings wealth and abundance.

The Opal

It’s a semi precious stone and even if it doesn’t have a very defined color, you can see the same stone in different colors depending on how the light falls on it – it can be white or blue, yellow like a lemon or light-blue and it’s a stone that is adequate for those that love the change. In different moments of the day, depending on where the light falls, it will have a new color. It protects on different levels – love, luck and even health.

It’s used against depression, it gives you energy and it helps you in taking the right decision and sapphireincreases your capability to choose. It is said to contain water, so it will act as an intensifier especially if you like to meditate, increasing your emotional state.

The Carnelian

This semi precious stone is usually red and it symbolizes the fire, bringing you the love of life, energy and a good mood. It’s a stone that is highly energetic, for bringing luck into your life, love and prosperity. It can improve the benefic effects for the other stones that you are wearing, and you can assort it with anything else.

Throughout history, this semi precious stone has been used by warriors, as they were using it as a talisman against getting injured. Even in the Bible it is mention that Noah has used a carnelian lantern to get the Arch safely through the darkness of the night. Everyone from Egypt and Greece, and even Rome know about the qualities of this semi precious stone that is not just beautiful, but also offers protection.

The Aventurine

fc5a1c6ba070cf86e1e41480a26d8e8fThis is actually a type of quartz of a green color, light or dark, and it clarifies and stimulates your mental capabilities. It’s for those who are looking for creativity, independence, leadership and courage. It also helps stimulate the imagination and the will. It decreases your fears and your depression, along with the anxiety and excitability. It can bring equilibrium and balance, peace and inspiration, energy, prosperity, success and luck, and it can also help you taking the right decision in a stressful moment.

As a talisman, it brings you happiness, prosperity and a healthy mind.  It’s a stone for luck and hope, as it protects against the negative energies that can surround you. You can also combine this with other semi precious stones, and you’ll get a mixed effect from all of them.