Are American Diamonds Real Diamonds?

Most women want to get a real diamond. But you may find that you are buying an American diamond rather than a real diamond. But what is the difference between these two types of diamonds?

American Diamonds are imitation diamonds, which means that they are not real. American diamonds look really close to real diamonds, fooling people into thinking they are real. American Diamonds are less expensive as well.

There are many benefits to an American diamond, but it is not going to be a real diamond, which can leave a lot of people upset if they find out that a ring or necklace they love is made out of American diamonds. Let’s take a closer look at these two types of diamonds and how they are different.

What is an American Diamond?

The American diamond is another name for a fake diamond. These are man-made diamonds are usually cubic zirconia, but there are many other types of faux diamonds such as moissanite. Usually, these stones are going to be colorless and hard, though there are times when they will have a slight shade that comes with them too. It will depend on the look that the owner would like and what fits in the best.

Although there are a number of reasons that the American diamond is a popular option compared to the real diamond, you need to know the difference.

Some fraudulent jewelers may try to sell an American diamond as a real diamond. While the American diamond is going to look very similar to a real diamond for someone who is not a professional with these gems, it is a fake and should cost a lot less than a real diamond.

To an amateur though, an American diamond-studded ring would seem to be the same as a real diamond ring.

But there are differences between the two and you do not want to end up getting the wrong one. If you want an inexpensive ring that looks real and shines, then the American diamond is just fine. But if you want an actual diamond, then you should stay away from it.

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Are American Diamonds Grown in a Lab?

Since we know that American diamonds are fake, many people wonder how they are made in the first place. Are these diamonds made in a lab or through some other process?

Note that these are not the same as real lab-grown diamonds (are lab-grown diamonds the same as cubic zirconia?). When we look at an American diamond, it is going to be a simulant diamond, which will have several elements come together.

When we look at the real diamond though, it is made of pure carbon. A real diamond is made out of just one element while the American diamond is going to be made out of a lot of materials at once.

When you look at the American diamond though, you will notice that it has a lot of the same physical appearance as the real diamond or those that are grown in a lab. Overall, an American diamond is going to be clearer, and will show a bit more sparkle if you compare them side by side.

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How to Tell The Difference Between American and Real Diamonds

Unless you are an expert in diamonds and other gems, you will find it really hard to notice a difference between real diamonds and American diamonds. You could put the two stones together and may not notice anything is different about them. The sizing can be similar, the shine and color are almost the same.

It will take a professional to figure out the differences between these two diamonds. They will be able to use some of their tools, such as a diamond tester to figure out exactly which one is the real diamond and which one is the fake diamond. Even before buying, if you think the seller is shady, then have a professional take a look at the diamond ahead of time to figure out if it is real or not.

You can also buy your own diamond tester and do the testing yourself. I reviewed the best one here: The top 5 Diamond Testers

As for someone with no experience in this field, the best way to figure out whether the diamond is real or not will be to look at the shiny factor. The American diamond tends to be shinier than the other, but this is hard to tell.

Choosing the Right Diamond for You?

For some people, the American diamond is one of the best options that they can go with. It has a lot of beauty and class and is a lot less expensive than choosing a traditional diamond for a piece of jewelry. It is also a lot better for the environment than a real diamond. For many, this makes it a good choice and they will go with the American diamonds instead.

However, you need to be careful. If you are choosing to go with a real diamond, it is hard to tell the difference between the two and someone may try to trick you into getting one that is a fake. If you want to go with a real diamond,  you will be disappointed if you get an American diamond. Only choose to go with a reputable jeweler to ensure that you are getting the right item that you want to purchase.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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