Laser Drilled Diamonds

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@kapalua67:  what are laser drilled diamonds? Are they the same as fracture filled diamonds? If so, I would personally stay away… buyer beware. If they are not the same, please share what it is, I’m curious!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Yeah, these are the fracture filled diamonds. I wouldn’t recommend them.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

Would you go with these because they are cheaper? What about moissanite? I LOVE mine! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

@joya_aspera:  

@kapalua67:  

no, laser drilled diamonds are clarity enhanced but do not involove any filling whatsoever so are not the same as fracture filled diamonds. See this explanation:

Laser Drilled diamonds, without any filling

This technique involves a tiny (microscopic like) drill that goes through the diamond, to where the inclusions are; and drills them out. This technique doesn’t rely on special silicone to enhance the diamond, it’s also the best and most permanent method as once a diamond is treated this way it is completely natural and has the same resilience as any natural diamond that hasn’t been clarity enhanced.” (http://www.diamonds.com.au/clarity_enhanced_diamonds.php)

i have not yet purchased any laser drilled diamonds but was seriously considering doing so from Freddy Diamonds: http://www.freddydiamonds.com. Check it out, he has lots of good reviews and prices are good for the diamond size. You will not have to worry about the integrity of are diamond either as it won’t change after the laser drilling where as filled diamonds can lose filling  and cannot be subjected to extreme heat and other physical changes

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@becleeham:  just a quick question as it seems you’ve done your research- I understand they aren’t  fracture filled ( filled in with silicone or substance once it’s been drilled) but since the diamond has been drilled into to clear carbon deposits and what not isn’t there a possibilibilty that the durability of the stone is compromised? Since it was drilled into, I would think that there are microscopic holes and such in the diamond.

 

What type of discounts does one get for getting a clarity enhanced stone like this?

thanks, just curious.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Just commenting so I can see what @becleeham: answer is to the last question.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

@Paguilar84:  

@NovaRising:  

hi guys, I’m no diamond expert so don’t know scientifically why laser drilled diamonds are just as stable as natural mined diamonds however when I researched online – the general consensus was that laser drilled diamonds are very stable forever stones and can be subjected to same treatment as natural mined diamonds without anything happening to them.

Freddy Diamonds sells 1ct laser drilled diamonds in a variety of different shapes for $2699, so I would estimate this would get you about 30-40% saving over what it would cost to buy a natural mined diamond Of same size.

i feel like this is a great budget option and was going to buy a 1ct diamond from Freddy Diamonds, however my fiancé wanted to get one from JA instead. (Of course the diamond from JA was quite a bit smaller. Boo!)

Additionally, laser drilled diamonds can be submitted to reputable labs like GIA for grading whereas fracture filled diamonds are not accepted by GIA fr grading

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@becleeham:  tx for the info! I have read that depending on how large and/or where the drilling is done, it can sometimes affect the diamond’s integrity.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@gemgirl6:  Wow, thanks for posting that thread.  I know you didn’t post it for me and I know we have had our differences but I just wanted to say I do appericate it.

 

This sounds like a great option.  Now DH and I really need to consider this over the AG.  So many great choices.  I mean I’m not looking for an investment piece as I have no intention to ever sell my ring.  Nor do I really care about “passing it down” but you never know what the future may hold.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

@gemgirl6:  yes that makes sense. if the inclusion was huge or there were many of them, then you would think there might be some impact. Luckily, dealers are forced to disclose if they are selling laser drilled diamonds so it would be good to check with them first about how to set/treat enhanced diamond and if anyting like heat would impact the diamonds integrity. Still a good budget option though for getting a nice eye clean diamond at discount price without going the moissy route

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@becleeham:  Thanks so much.  I was just looking at the website when you posted it earlier. I was wondering if going with a 1.25 ct would make a huge difference since I have a 1.50 ct asha now?  I told DH about it and he was interested.  

Now to decide which way to go.  AG or laser-drilled diamond.

Crazy thing is I just bought a ring this week too.  LOL…he’s being a doll about it.  

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@becleeham:  Thanks for the info! I learned something new.

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