Why You Will Not Find Imitation Diamonds at Beverly Loan Company
Most consumers think that a diamond is a diamond – with no thoughts of diamond treatments, synthetics, or even imitations. In the diamond trade, it’s incredibly important to know exactly what to look for, as to not get duped into purchasing something that is not what is represented.
“For a pawnshop, it’s very important to correctly identify diamonds and gemstones,” said Jordan Tabach-Bank, owner and CEO of luxury pawnshop Beverly Loan Company. “The difference in price and value between natural and synthetic diamonds is huge.” Beverly Loan Company has GIA trained gemologists and diamond specialists that can identify these differences, and can offer a guaranty that the diamonds they sell are 100% genuine.
If a buyer is nervous about purchasing a diamond that is an imitation or synthetic, or has been treated, the best method is to purchase from a reputable store or dealer. Luxury jewelers like Tiffany & Co., Graff, Harry Winston, and De Beers will never sell anything but a natural diamond, unless disclosed, and Beverly Loan Company has the very same policy; the Pawnshop to the Stars only buys, sells and loans against natural diamonds.
A natural diamond is a mineral that is made of a single element: carbon. In fact, a diamond is the only gemstone that is made of only carbon, other stones have other elements such as aluminum, boron, or oxygen. Sometimes “trace elements”, which are atoms that aren’t part of a diamonds essential chemistry, can have an effect on its color or shape – which would explain why you can find pink, blue, green and purple diamonds. Natural diamonds form under high temperature and immense pressure that only occur at a specific depth range in the earth. Graphite is also made from just carbon, but forms in a very different matter.
A lab created diamond, or synthetic diamond, is a stone that has the same optical and physical properties, chemical composition, and crystal structure as natural gem material. These stones were first created in the 1950s for industrial purposes – such as abrasives in cutting tools. While the majority of man-made diamonds are still used for manufacturing, there are a few companies that now create synthetic diamonds for fine jewelry. These companies have different ways of identifying their stones as man-made diamonds – including inscribing their company name or logo on the diamond. However some criminals like to polish off these inscriptions and try to fool unsuspecting consumers. If you suspect that your diamond is lab created, the only sure way to tell is to send it to a reputable lab or seek out a certified gemologist.
A diamond simulant can either be a natural and man-made material that resembles a diamond. These include cubic zirconia, moissanite, colorless synthetic spinel, rutile, and even glass. Trained gemologists can see the differences in these diamonds by looking at subtle hints in the diamond. Because natural diamonds have very specific refractive index, birefringence, and inclusions it can be simple to tell whether a gem is imitating a diamond or not. One of the most telling tests is to see if a diamond looks like it has more “fire” than a regular diamond. Stones like synthetic rutile and CZ’s have extreme fire – which is the flashes of color you see when you slowly rock the gemstone. Another tell is if the stone has doubling, which is when you can see doubles of the facets when look at the stone through magnification.
You can also find treated diamonds on the market, these are natural diamonds that have had treatment to increase their clarity or color. Common treatments are fracture filling or laser drilling. Fracture filling is when a diamond has a large feather, or break in the stone, and it will be filled glass to make it look less included. You can tell that a diamond has been fracture filled the “flash effect”. Under magnification a diamond will have a flash or color that is unnatural to an untreated diamond. The other common treatment is laser-drilling. These diamonds have had a tube drilled into it using a laser, to reach an inclusion and try to dissolve it with acid or fill it with glass to make the inclusion less noticeable. When viewed from the right angle, you can see a channel from the surface to a bleached inclusion. These treatments greatly decrease the value of diamonds, and are often not disclosed to the customer.
Beverly Loan Company is a family owned company that has been in business for 76 years and has experience with all types of diamonds, including fancy colored diamonds. Beverly Loan makes collateral based loans on natural diamonds – both large and small. Beverly Loan Company also specializes in collateral loans against luxury jewelry, modern art, and one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, and any inquiries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.