Funky Questions That Get Asked Related to Diamonds and the Diamond Industry

There are always some questions that are fairly general that can be answered through articles and posts, but sometimes I see recurring questions that are off from the left field. I am not saying they are bad questions, just not as common and I would like to address a few of them here.

What amount of diamonds come from Africa each year?
Approximately $8.5 Billion Dollars worth of diamonds come from Africa each year.

Will a fake diamond float?
Real diamonds will sink in water since they are more dense and hard. Cubic Zirconia is less hard than real diamonds and will typically float. The best way, of course, is to have a lab such as GIA to evaluate your stone.

Can you use toothpaste to clean diamonds?
There are many remedies and old wives tales of cleaning jewelry. Toothpaste is abrasive and can scratch gold and softer gems, so if your diamond is in a setting, it is probably best to stay away from toothpaste. A better way may be to soak it in warm water with a mild liquid detergent or soap. After it soaks for 3-5 minutes, pat it dry with a lint-free cloth.

Ammonia is also okay to use on some harder stones like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires but can damage other gemstones.

What is a jeweler’s loupe?
Jewelers loupe is a magnifying glass to assess the quality of jewelry and loose stones. You can use jewelers loupe to check the print quality, floral or botanical specimens.

Did diamonds have value in ancient times?
Diamonds did have a value in ancient times, however, it was a different value than it is today. Today, most peoples mind is focused on diamond value for jewelry and visual appeal. In ancient times, diamonds were still valued for their utility. It is one of the hardest minerals so it was used heavily for metal engraving, cutting tools, and their strength.

Are diamonds precious?
This is an interesting question. Precious is defined as great value or beloved. Diamonds are precious because of human psychology that was placed throughout time and history. One of the most notable times was De Beers marketing campaign “A Diamond is Forever” in 1947, which spiked demand for diamonds. Remember that diamonds are used for many things like industrial tools, whereas diamonds used for jeweler y are some of the finest diamonds mined.

What are fake diamonds called?
Fake diamonds are usually referred to as Cubic Zirconia. They are synthesized material and although for many people it would be hard to tell the difference between a real diamond, there are still very distinct differences between a CZ (Cubic Zirconia) and a diamond.

Which cut gives a diamond the most sparkle?
Round Brilliant Cut will give a diamond the most sparkle (brilliance and fire). It is for this reason the Round Brilliant Cut is the most popular diamond cut.

When getting a diamond, do GIA Grading Reports really matter that much?
Yes, they do! Having an independent laboratory check your diamond to ensure it has verifiable specs, It is like getting a Carfax report. There are underlying things that you will not be able to see within your diamond unless you are an expert. Getting a GIA Grading Report gives you the confidence and ability to know the true quality of your diamond.

What do you do with diamond rings when you get divorced?
If you are looking to get rid of it, take it to 3-5 different jewelers and see what they say. Make sure to have your bill of sale, GIA Grading Report, and an old appraisal if you have it. One thing for sure, make sure you do not use the ring as collateral with your lawyer during the divorce as they will give you pennies on the dollar. If you are only engaged and not married, 18 states so far have created a law that requires the woman to give the ring back if the relationship ends before the wedding.

Do diamonds burn in a fire?
Diamonds are one of the hardest minerals and have a high melting point around 1520 degrees. With that being said, they are not really flammable, however, they are combustible  Since a diamond is a pure carbon, when burned (oxidized) it turns into carbon dioxide. If you are worried about a diamond melting in a fire, that is not something to worry about too much;  your Gold or Platinum setting will melt away before your diamond burn.

How many facets does a standard Round Brilliant Cut diamond have?
The Round Brilliant Cut has 57 facets, or 58 facets if you include the culet.

How much does it cost to obtain a grading report for a diamond?
It depends on which laboratory you are using to obtain a grading report, however, GIA fees can be found here: Fees range from $53 to $250 for most diamonds. For a Diamond Dossier, you are looking at $12 to $16. Of course, if you get laser inscription and other bells and whistles it can be much more.

Where are diamonds found in the United States?
Arkansas (Crater of Diamond State Park), Colorado, and Wyoming are the verified states that have a source of diamonds. Other possible locations are in constant search.

Why do diamond grading for color starts with a D, but not with A?
In the past jewelers and dealers were using various systems such as 1, 2, 3 or I, II, III or A, B, C, and even A, AA, AAA. When GIA created their system they didn’t want confusion with older systems.

Are diamonds with the “hearts and arrows” really worth extra money or is it a scam?
I would not say that hearts and arrows are a scam. However just because a diamond has heart and arrows, that does not mean it is a better cut diamond. Some diamonds that are not hearts and arrows may sparkle more, not to mention the price can be affected and make a hearts and arrows diamond cost less if it has strong blue fluorescence. It definitely takes a diamond cutter longer to cut hearts and arrows sometimes up to 2 or 3 days longer versus a few hours (hence the price gap).

This article was contributed by Frank Fisher.

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