Post # 1
- Wedding: January 2014 - Monte Carlo inn
Do any of you ladies habe enhanced stones? Post some pics! 🙂 when I shopping for my e-ring a few months ago, I was looking for an enhanced diamond Since the prices seem to be lower (I could get a big diamond for a lower price). In the end I got a natural diamond instead because my relative ended up selling me her gorgeous ring for my engagement.
What are the pros and cons of enhanced diamonds? do you love yours?
Post # 3
@Mrs_BunInTheOven: apparently most all black diamonds that show “true black” are laser enhanced. I have black diamonds
Post # 4
I’m a huge “natural” diamond girl, and play a lot on pricescope. While I wouldn’t want one for a Ering after learning a lot about the different “enhancements” I would get diamond studs or a pendent that was. Most likely one that was drilled to remove carbon spots, not filled as it seems that filling can be damaged over time where as the drilling is forever lol. As for color I find color enhanced diamonds to look a little lifeless when they have been hit w radiation to be blue or green or whatever. But the heated ones like yellow still have life.
But for the price difference of a pair of 2 ctw studs, one that has been drilled to remove some big black carbon spots vs paying for a higher clarity that never had them I would go enhanced.
Here is a artical about it all from Good Old Gold
Post # 5
@Mrs_BunInTheOven: I don’t see the point of getting a bigger stone that’s poor quality or will degrade over time as clarity/colour enhanced diamonds do. I would go for a lower carat weight to ensure I stay above J-colour and SI2 clarity.
If an enhanced diamond was all I could afford, or if carat size was most important, I’d get a moissanite. Clear, sparkly, and it doesn’t look like frozen spit as many enhanced stones look after a while.
Post # 6
I didn’t think colour enhanced diamonds changed colour over time.
Post # 7
I own a small colour enhanced diamond ring (blue). It is at the jewellers right now, but I will try to remember to take a picture of it. I do love it and just acquired it over the holiday season.
I’ve since looked into the claim about colour enhanced diamonds losing their colour. While it’s true it is possible if heated beyond 1000F (so be sure to tell your jeweller when sizing or setting), with normal wear and tear, cleanings/ultra sonic/rhodium plated etc., will not alter the colour.
I’ve also included a picture of some of the various colours. (Mine are #2 – almost a turquoise hue). Trust me it’s very pretty.
The stones that are clarity enhanced however are different and may be what you are looking for. Jewellers must disclose that the stone are either colour or clarity enhanced. The rating (i.e. SI2) cannot change even if there is no sign of an inclusion because the enhancement has changed it’s appearance.
Hope this is somewhat helpful. 🙂
Post # 8
I just have to say the only “frozen spit” you will find will be at low-end jewelers both in store or online. I will happily take an I1 from a reputable place if I can see it for myself or return if I dont like it.
An I1 can be an I1 only because of 3 black carbon spots seen with the naked eye in an otherwise clear stone. You can drill out the black spots and GIA will grade it as an I1. To the naked eye it is clear/clean stone and you can still get it for the price of an I1 but eye clean/no black. And heck if you like the color and its a very good cut, I would rather have a real diamond then a mossie.
These images are from Good old gold..
also from Good Old Gold
Two very important facts you want to keep in mind about laser treated diamonds is this.
GIA will certify laser treated diamonds whereas they will not certify filled diamonds.
Legally, according to the FTC, a jeweler does not have to disclose to you that a diamond has been laser treated.
And once again, it doesn’t hurt for you to “ask”. Under the next chapter on “Clarity Tips” I’ll be giving you a reminder of questions to ask before you purchase.
So people may have a enhanced stone GIA certified and not know it if the jeweler didn’t say anything (or know them selves)