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As a general rule the fewer the top- facets visible within table-surface, the higher the chance that the stone is a fake . There are some cutting designs and shapes that have only nine top-facets, but they will be easily authenticated with proper documentation or a quick look at the open-back of the setting. Cheap glass imitations will have as few as nine table facets and the cut is often asymmetrical. The sheer waste of a good carat diamond is huge when it's been poorly cut, and therefore real diamonds are rarely seen lop-sided or with sloppily proportioned facets. Glass imitations are often found with these imperfections, and an astute purchaser can keep alert for signs of fraud. If you familiarize yourself with the popular shapes and count the number of facets they have- atleast at the table surface- you can avoid buying an obvious fake. When examining cutting techniques, ask yourself these questions: Are the number of facets visible on top the same as the diagrams for this shape? Are they perfectly symmetrical on all sides? Are the crown and pavilion properly aligned, with the facets above and beneath the girdle line unmatched? Is the girdle clear and polished? - [in most diamonds the girdle is left unpolished and frosted-looking].

 

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