How to tell if a blue diamond is real?

Written by cameron burry | 13/05/2017
How to tell if a blue diamond is real?
White, or crystal diamonds are the most common of all diamonds. (diamond image by sumos from

Blue diamonds have a section of their carbon transfused with nitrogen to create a blue tint rather than the traditional clear white of most diamonds. According to Blue Diamonds USA, estimates are that for every 10,000 diamonds mined naturally from the earth, there is only one diamond of any colour. This means that blue diamonds are extraordinarily rare, and therefore valuable. However, it's possible to colour cubic zirconia, glass or plastic, all common diamond imitations, to have the appearance of a blue diamond.

Hold the diamond up to the light and look through it. A blue diamond will distort and bend the light to where it looks sparkling blue. Imitations, such as glass or cubic zirconia will not show the same sparkle. They will also allow the light to pass through, offering very little bending or distortion. If the gem shows a direct line of light through it, it is probably not a diamond. Also, the dyes that fake diamonds use will not reflect the blue as intensely as the genuine article. Blue diamonds will show direct blue light as a reflection of their true colour. Imitations will show a paled version of the blue colour.

Compare the blue diamond to another diamond of equal size by weighing it on a carat or gram scale. Imitation diamonds will weigh about 60 per cent more than a true diamond. So if a diamond of an equal size is lighter than the blue diamond, the blue diamond will most likely be a fake. You can allow a little wiggle room, but if the difference is drastic, it's not a blue diamond.

Put the stone under a UV lamp. Fake diamonds will not show any colour when reflecting UV light, but will show their true colour, often a clear white. However, a blue diamond held underneath a UV light will display a swirl of deep blue and purple colours. This is the fastest way to find out if the blue diamond is real, because UV lights leave little room for misinterpretation.

Take the diamond to a licensed jeweller. Most jewellers have never seen a blue diamond, so it may take some time for them to verify the diamond's legitimacy. However, if all other tests leave you baffled, this is the best way to determine if the blue diamond is real. If it is real, the jeweller should tell you how much the diamond is worth. Higher-tier jewellers may even offer to purchase the diamond from you because of its rarity.

Things you need

  • Carat or gram scale
  • UV lamp

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