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If you are purchasing a registered high-grade clarity diamond that is expensive, request to see it under a microscope and ask the store-clerk to set the microscopes gage at different depths and different angles. Very dark spots or deep crystallized crevices are a bad sign- but remember that you are not looking for a wholly clear stone. Flawless diamonds are extremely rare because of the almost sterile environment that they require for forming, and any markings that can't be seen with the loupe are simply not factored into the evaluation. Fake diamonds are something to look out for, but the simplest method to avoid buying an imposter is to view the diamond with the loupe above a newspaper or book. Diamond facets will not allow you to see any of the print, as light reflects through them and up the pavilion. If you can read print through the stone- its some type of glass.

 

 

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