Nowadays, getting married isn't cheap. From the clothes to the church to the reception, a small wedding can set you back hundreds of thousands of hard earned dollars, not to mention the engagement ring that the guy needs to buy before the wedding actually takes place. Engagement rings aren't cheap either. A half carat diamond engagement ring from DeBeers will cost at least $2,500. Thus, it is understandable that you would not want to spend thousands of dollars on a fake diamond ring. Here's how you can avoid that.
- Buy from reputable jewelers. Diamond engagement rings from stores like Tiffany&Co., DeBeers, and Bulgari come with a certificate that guarantees the authenticity of the diamond that you bought. Plus, diamonds from high end jewelry stores like these are always marked with tracking numbers so it will be easy to identify them in case they were stolen.
- Do not be tempted to buy from jewelry stores on sale. In business districts, there are many jewelry stores that tempt buyers to step a foot inside the store by placing big "We're on SALE" signs. Some such jewelry stores mark up their prices before the sale and discount them during the sale period to make sure that they still get a tidy profit. So, unless you have been eyeing that diamond ring for months and know its price tag by heart, do not buy it on sale.
- Familiarize yourself with the appearance of other precious stones used to make fake diamond rings. There are unscrupulous jewelers who knowingly commit fraud by passing off rings made from cubic zirconia and moissanite as authentic diamond rings. Because these precious stones are very similar to diamond in terms of feel and texture, unsuspecting customers get easily fooled. To avoid this, examine the stone carefully for marks of wear and tear. Cubic zirconia is not as hard as diamond and may get scratched in the cutting and setting process. Unfortunately, moissanite is much harder to distinguish from diamond that even experts have a hard time telling which is which. Have a certified diamond appraiser examine the stone.
- Examine the mount of the diamond and the band of the ring. There are makers of fake diamond rings that use low quality or poorly designed mounts and bands for their rings. This makes it easier to spot fake diamond rings. However, cubic zirconia or a moissanite mounted on an 18 carat gold or platinum will be lot harder to distinguish from real diamond rings.
- Take note of the expertise of the seller. If the seller who's selling you the diamond ring claims the stone to be a "blue-white diamond," then it is better not to buy from him. He is using a term used by scam artists before him.
Diamond engagement rings will last a lifetime with proper care. Follow the tips above to make sure that you do not get cheated out of your money by jewelers selling fake diamond rings.