If you are considering cheaper options like clarity enhanced diamonds, these are a few points you need to take note of.
#1 – Clarity enhanced diamonds usually start out with a diamond clarity grade of I1 or I2. After the laser drilling, it might move up one or two apparent diamond clarity grades but there isn’t a big jump in diamond clarity. The fracture filling can make a noticeable difference in making an I1 or I2 stone look like an SI1, SI2, or VS2 clarity!
#2 – A diamond grading report can be issued on a clarity enhanced diamond that has been laser drilled because it is considered permanent. The laser drill holes will be considered when the diamond clarity is graded. They will be shown on the plotting diagram and noted in the comments area of the grading report.
Do note that a diamond grading report cannot be issued for a diamond that has fracture filling because it is not a permanent process.
#3 – Clarity enhanced diamonds might be for you… or maybe not? Clarity enhancement treatments are done to make diamonds more marketable. These types of clarity enhancement diamond treatments must be disclosed by the retailer.
While there are diamond manufacturers who work hard to improve these processes and use the treatment to brand their products, there are other unethical retailers who abuse a consumer’s trust by selling a misrepresented product.
So, How Do You Tell If Your Diamond Real?
Simply looking at it if you’re not an expert or using some technology won’t really help you determine if the diamond is real or fake. Factual information about a diamond is imperative. Here are some steps to follow to make sure you get your money’s worth for the diamond purchased.
Always deal with reputable or certified jewelers or diamond merchants.
Even when the price offered to you seems reasonable, never buy diamonds or other jewelries from jewelers that you don’t know or never dealt with before. When purchasing a diamond, ask for the certificate for the stone.
Always inspect the quality of the stone.
There are some fake diamonds, for example, the zirconians which are usually in low quality and not durable.
Bring the diamond to another jeweler for appraisal after purchasing it, maybe even take it to two or three other jewelers.
This will tell you if they have common appraisals of your diamond. To reiterate, it is very important that you have the certificate of purchase. This will ensure that you will avoid being accused of switching it if you return it to the jeweler.