In her ode to consumerism, "7 Rings," Ariana Grande sings about buying herself and her friends diamonds just because she can. But according to a new report from Page Six, Grande's diamonds could be as fake as the plants on my desk. Apparently celebrities have been unknowingly spending gobs of cash on synthetic diamonds. Yikes.
Someone's been scamming celebs?! Serve this tea!
"It is more common than you think. I’m starting to see it on a daily basis," celebrity jeweler Jason Arasheben told Page Six. "Celebrities are unknowingly purchasing extravagant diamond pieces filled with nothing but synthetic stones."
Celebs are getting heckin' bamboozled by shady jewelers.
According to Arasheben, clout-chasing jewelers are to blame. They charge low prices for their pieces in hopes of attracting a high-profile client, but "are cutting their cost by setting synthetic diamonds on the pieces instead of natural diamonds."
Arasheben also says he's personally spoken to a few shady jewelers, and "almost always the answer is, 'Well, for the price they paid, they should’ve known I had to use synthetic diamonds.'"
What's the difference between natural and lab-grown diamonds?
Though lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds are identical at the molecular level, Arasheben explains the main differences to Page Six:
"Natural diamonds are one of a kind and take millions of years to form hundreds of miles below the earth’s surface, while lab-grown diamonds are mass-produced in a few weeks using a chemical reactor.Lab-grown diamonds cost only a few hundred dollars per carat to produce and hold no real resale value. Natural diamonds, on the other hand, have [been] shown to increase in value because they are becoming increasingly rare."
Anyway, eat the rich.
Of course, it's easy to snicker at the woes of the rich. Overpaying for fake diamonds? Yeah, we'll grab our pitchforks instead. But remember: if celebs, with all their money, power, and influence can get hoodwinked, so can you.