Is Your Engagement Ring a Fake?

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According to Gilbert Arenas, ex-fiancé of former Basketball Wives LA star Laura Govan, the $1 million dollar engagement ring he gave her was fake. This information became public following a nasty split. They have been going at each other with lawsuits and claims, one being that Arenas sold the ring without her permission. There are a lot of rumors surrounding the end of their relationship but many are focusing on the ring. In an Instagram post, Arenas said he gave Govan a fake ring and kept the real one just in case the relationship didn’t work out.

After getting engaged it isn’t uncommon for women to wonder if their engagement ring is real. If the curiosity is too overwhelming, here’s how to tell.  

How to Spot a Fake at Home

There are a series of tests that can be done at home to determine if your engagement ring is real or not. The first test only requires a piece of sandpaper. All you have to do is rub the sandpaper on the stone and inspect it. Diamond is one of the hardest materials in the world so it will not be scratched by the sandpaper. A fake, on the other hand, will have noticeable scratches.

For those who do not have sandpaper on hand, the fog test will also do.  A stone that fogs up after breathing hot air on it is fake. Diamonds will not conduct the heat. Also, take a look at how the stone reflects light. Real diamonds have brilliance meaning they sparkle grey and white on the inside when held up to light while the exterior reflects rainbow colors onto other surfaces. Fake diamonds display rainbow colors on the inside and do not have brilliance.

Take it to a Pro 

Home tests are accurate at determining whether or not an engagement ring is fake but it is always a good idea to take your ring to a qualified gemologist. There is a difference between a jeweler and a gemologist so be sure to do your research. Not only can gemologists determine if your ring is real but they can also supply you with detailed information concerning the cut, color, and clarity of the diamond (all are factors that contribute to its value).

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