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Fake Synthetic Diamonds Sale Can Be Checked By Diamond Tester

2007: Fake Synthetic Diamonds Are Difficult To Separate From Natural Diamonds

December 2007

31-year-old Douglas Applewhite of Jacksonville, Florida, was recently accused of making millions of dollars off of nine pawn shops by selling them synthetic moissanite and telling them it was actually a diamond, according to a report in a local newspaper.

He is charged with grand theft and defrauding and obtaining property.

Authorities first found out about the apparent scam after receiving a call from a pawn shop owner, who then called nine other pawnshop owners who said the same man sold the exact same ring to them.

Several of the shops used a diamond tester and a moissanite tester to see if the diamond was the real thing. However, moissanite reads as "diamond" in most standard diamond testers, and authorities noted that you need a specific moissanite detector to tell it apart.


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