No, real diamonds do not typically glow under black light (or UV light). While some synthetic diamonds may exhibit a “glow” due to their fluorescence, under traditional black light diamonds will not emit the same type of visible glow resulting from fluorescence.
In fact, the glow that is often associated with diamonds is actually caused by tiny amounts of boron atoms within the crystalline structure of the diamond. Boron emits a blue light upon being energized by UV light, which is what we observe as a “glow” from diamonds.
Therefore, since real diamonds do not usually contain sufficient boron to emit a glow, they will appear no different under black light than they would appear under regular light.
How do you tell if a diamond is real with blacklight?
It is possible to tell if a diamond is real with a blacklight test. To do this test you need to obtain a UV light that emits long-wave ultraviolet radiation (which is usually available at most hardware stores).
When the diamond is examined under a blacklight the fluorescence response can indicate whether or not it is a natural diamond. If a diamond’s fluorescence is strong and blue, it is likely that it is a natural diamond.
However, if the diamond has a strong orange or yellow fluorescent response it is likely a fake diamond. Keep in mind that not all diamonds will emit an obvious fluorescence when exposed to a blacklight, so this test is not 100% reliable in determining authenticity.
To make sure a diamond is real it is important to get it authenticated by a certified gemologist.
Do synthetic diamonds fluoresce?
Yes, synthetic diamonds can fluoresce when exposed to UV or X-ray radiation. Depending on the chemical composition of the diamond, its fluorescence can range between faint, moderate, strong, and very strong.
Some synthetic diamonds may not display any fluorescence. The fluorescence of synthetic diamonds can vary based on their chemical structure, size, and the methods used to produce them. Common colors emitted are blue, yellow, orange, green, and pink.
Strong fluorescence is usually caused by traces of hydrogen and nitrogen in the diamond, while other common causes are Nitrogen-Vacancy defects and Neel radiation. Ultimately, the fluorescence will depend on the diamond’s chemical makeup and the radiation that it is exposed to.
How do you test for synthetic diamonds?
There are three common ways to test for synthetic diamonds: visual inspection, thermal conductivity, and specialized X-Ray equipment.
Visual inspection involves carefully inspecting the diamond with a 10x magnifying loupe and looking for any irregularities that could indicate the diamond is synthetic, such as air bubbles, grooves, etchings, or dark spots.
Thermal conductivity tests measure the amount of heat a diamond retains. Synthetic diamonds retain more heat than real, mined diamonds due to their uniform density.
Specialized X-Ray equipment such as a diamond view or DiamondSure can detect synthetic diamonds by their unique spectroscopic signature. While this equipment is incredibly accurate, it is also very expensive and requires specialized training to operate.
Is diamond fluorescence good or bad?
Diamond fluorescence can be both good and bad, depending on the type of diamond and the preferences of the diamond buyer. Fluorescence generally refers to the ability of diamonds to emit a visible light when exposed to a UV light source, and it can be either strong, medium, faint, or none.
Strong fluorescence can give diamonds a hazy or oily appearance, and can also make them appear slightly milky or milky blue. Some diamond buyers may be put off by this effect and prefer diamonds that do not fluoresce.
However, many diamond buyers may not be aware of the effects of fluorescence, or may be enticed by the lower price tag that can come with it. In some cases, fluorescence can make the diamond look brighter or whiter, making it more attractive to buyers.
Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. If the fluorescence is not too strong and not affecting the diamonds beauty too much, then it can be seen as beneficial. However, if it affects the diamond too much, then it would be seen as bad.