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Old 12-16-2017, 09:36 PM
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Working the lake today and got a very IFFY signal. I followed that little voice that says, you better just dig anyway. Out popped an earring with what!? A huge diamond?!????? My heart failed for a second, then reason hit. This diamond is huge, no way can be it real. If it was attached to gold, it wouldn't be tarnished. It sure looks pretty, have not had it tested. My wife says I'd be wasting my time to have someone check it, what do you think?

Also found a nice 1923 Merc, a 43 War nickel, I believe a 38/39 nickel, 1945 S wheat, and the usual. Happy Hunting to all my forum friends who (like me) don't find Gold Coins!
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:10 PM
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Most women are just as accurate as any diamond tester.
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Old 12-16-2017, 11:56 PM
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I'd venture to bet, one of those fishing weights are more valuable, but I hope I'm wrong..

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Old 12-17-2017, 02:01 PM
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Now THAT would be a nice find, fingers crossed for you!

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Old 12-17-2017, 04:04 PM
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... My wife says I'd be wasting my time to have someone check it, what do you think? ....
Is the metal marked gold or plat (A ssuuppeerr teeny inscription on the stud) ?

I hate to say it: But it's probably going to be cubic zirconia or something. Because, let's be honest, if that IS a real diamond, it's ... uh .... hugh. I hope I'm wrong.
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Old 12-17-2017, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Scooterjim View post
Most women are just as accurate as any diamond tester.
LOL, well said. Either that or she's just jealous

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Old 12-17-2017, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Tom_in_CA View post
Is the metal marked gold or plat (A ssuuppeerr teeny inscription on the stud) ?

I hate to say it: But it's probably going to be cubic zirconia or something. Because, let's be honest, if that IS a real diamond, it's ... uh .... hugh. I hope I'm wrong.
Can't find any markings on the stud. I'm pretty sure CZ but here's to hoping I'll get it checked out tomorrow.

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Old 12-17-2017, 10:56 PM
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Draw a line on a piece of paper and lay the stud on it face down. If you can see the line through it, it is probably CZ. You can't see through a diamond.
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Old 12-18-2017, 02:47 AM
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Try the fog test, next to a real diamond. First, clean off all the debris and crud on the earring.

Second "breathe" on the stone, like you would if you were trying to fog a set of glasses. A diamond will dissipate heat almost instantly, and fog won't stick. CZ and other stones don't do that, so about the time you bring it from your breath to your eye, it'll be clear already.

Like I said, do this next to a known diamond. It's highly accurate.

now, that having been said, CZ is known to have a fuzzy white appearance, and that stone looks like a CZ. Pictures can be wrong, though, I know I've had my fair share of tested diamonds challenged on this site (even when I told folks it was tested... LOL..> I even posted a video to prove one of them, a while back... the whole situation made me laugh, because someone couldn't believe a stone that big was real... go figure).

Option two is to take it to a box store and have it tested. Virtually any jewelry counter will have a diamond tester. Fred Meyers, Walmart, you name it...

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Old 12-18-2017, 03:52 AM
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It looks like a cheap one to me.
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:47 AM
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Your wife said your wasting your time getting it checked,,, You know how many time people tell me I'm wasting my time metal detecting,,, They also say your wasting your time detecting in that area,,, Then their mouth drop open when your metal detector goes off and you find a old coin,,, ,,, I say waste your time and get it check,,, Does it cut glass,,,
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:48 AM
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If it was real, and your wife already saw it, it would already be gone.
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Old 12-18-2017, 10:37 AM
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It looks pretty, all crusty-encased like that. The wife's eyeball test failed, so don't get your hopes up, but do waste your time getting it tested. Have 'em check it for moissanite too. Might also be a bit of scrap silver there. GL!
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:09 AM
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Cool find! The stone doesn't look like diamond to me, but I would still advise checking into it. If you do have it appraised, a good rule of thumb is to not let it out of your sight. You have probably heard that jewelers can swap out real stones with artificial/less valuable ones.

Congrats on the coins!

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Old 12-20-2017, 12:21 AM
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Quick update, it was confirmed to not be real.

I guess that means back to detecting! Thanks for the advice on the CZ, and I'm definitely aware of the "back room" stuff with jewelry. It happened once where they disappeared in the back room with my wifes ring. There was no reason for it and I got it back immediately.

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Like the jeweler says after shooting down my finds - "but you had fun, right?"

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