Est in 1984.   
 Website last updated:  MAY  2022

Eckart J Schillings   

 Over 40 years in the Jewellery Trade! 

Can Diamonds Break At All?
Diamonds are the hardest known natural Material found on Earth, Moh's Hardness of 10. Very resistant to scratching. However Diamonds have a cleavage Point, if you hit that point the Diamond can break. With cut Diamonds, they are usually very strong. Sometimes we see some Chips around the outer Edge after many years of Wear. The only Material that will cut Diamonds are Diamonds! In the cutting of rough Diamonds, Diamond Powder of various Fineness is used to cut the precise Facets of a beautifully cut Diamond. To look after your Diamonds, you should not wear your Jewellery when gardening or working with Tools. Keep your Jewellery in individual Plastic Bags to avoid the Gems rubbing against each other...
In Essence a Diamond surpasses any other Gemstone by a long way in hardness and Durability!

How Are Diamonds Created?
Diamonds have formed a long time ago in the Earth's Mantle. Intense heat and pressure occasionally forms a Diamond Crystal. With volcanic Activity those Diamond Crystals are carried to the surface. Chemically Diamonds are pure carbon with some trace Elements present that can result in coloured Diamonds. Most Diamonds have Inclusions to some degree. Flawless Diamonds are very very rare!


How Can I Know If A Diamond Is Real?
For the Layperson it is tricky to work out if a sparkling, shiny Gem is an actual Diamond!
You could use a Loupe / Magnifier to inspect the Gem and check for Inclusions.
If the Gem has No Inclusions at All, it might not be a Diamond, or, a very rare and expensive Diamond...
Specifically check what the Edges of the Facets Look like.
If they are abraded and scratched, this will indicate a softer Gem, telling you it is Not a Diamond.
So, if the sparkling Gem has sharp Edges, No inclusions or some of the typical Diamond Inclusions it could well be a Diamond.
Also, look carefully at the Piece of Jewellery that the Gem is set in.
If the Ring is made in Silver, you

We have customers come in all the time with clear gems they suspect might be diamonds. So, the question that follows is: how can you tell if a diamond is real? The best way to tell if a diamond is real is to have an expert examine it. We have special tools called “diamond testers” that can distinguish true diamonds from simulations. 

Diamond testers work by detecting how fast heat moves throughout the gemstone. Because diamonds conduct heat in a unique way, diamond testers can use this information to determine if a diamond is real.