Post # 1
This is my first post! I have been lurking for a few weeks, and knowing how knowladgeable all you gals are, I thought I would post my question I here.
My ring is an i1. I know it is innadvisable to purchase anything at this clarity grade, but my fiance did so and is very proud of the engagement ring he gave to me.
I previously knew very little about jewelry, and he knew even less.
(I know lots of ladies have oppinions of lower clarity diamonds and im not looking for anyone to nay say the gift my fiance gave me. I dont want him to think I am second guessing his descions by demanding we go back for a smaller, higher quality diamond.)
All I want to know is that is it possible for a diamond to crack while it is getting buffed by a jewler?
I was at my jewlers yesterday looking at wedding bands with my FI and the woman who sold us our ring offered to buff it while we browsed.
When we got to the car, I noticed a pretty big feather all the way across my diamond. I had noticed other carbon spots before, but never a big white stripe across my whole diamond.
Is it possible I only noticed it now because it just was buffed? Orrrr is it possible something happened to it and it cracked?
Im sick about this, I dont mean to sound ignorant…I love my diamond no matter what but im just scared that it is possible it was cracked and damaged and not just feathers.
I can live with imperfections but I cant live with an empty setting if my diamond crumbles in half!
Post # 4
@mrsmurraytobee: at this clarity grade it is possible…do you have the paperwork on your diamond listing the types of inclusions?? I’m sorry about your ring 🙁
Post # 5
I have my GIA and all it says is surface break on table due to underlying feather”… That’s all it says. And there was a feather, which i noted because of that…but it was small and hardly noticeable…not sure if I’m being crazy or a crack literally appeared overnight magically after it was buffed.. I’ve had it for three months and I feel like I would have noted such a big mark on it…I gently pointed it out to my FI and it broke his heart…he defers like he would have seen bit but he is not so sure….
Post # 6
@mrsmurraytobee: you would know your diamond better than anyone at this point. I am by no means an expert..but I am surprised she would buff your diamond .. From mysolitaire.com
“Feathers refer to the small cracks in the diamond. The location of these feathers affects the durability of the stone. If feathers are present at the top of the diamond prove to threaten the diamond structure; since the top is more prone to accidents”
Post # 7
@mrsmurraytobee: have you been on the forums over at pricescope.com? They have diond experts that are so knowledgable and may be able to tell you for sure if that could have happened due to the jeweler buffing the stone
Post # 8
It is possible that it cracked or cracked more during the jeweler’s work, but according to that GIA note, there was already a crack that reached the surface when he bought it. You would have to refer to the inclusion map that GIA provides to see whether it is more cracked now than when it was bought.
Post # 9
@oliviajuice , I haven’t… I think I’m going to take my ring in tomorrow to be looked at to be sure tomorrow that it is ok…I more or less just wanted to know if it was possible…which it seems as if it is… Thanks so much for your reply
Post # 11
Surface break on the table means it was already cracked and that the crack came all the way thru the stone to the surface. The buffing probably made it a little worse but I doubt they would own up to it since the GIA report notes the damage was already there. So sorry about your stone 🙁
Post # 12
I do have a lifetime warranty on it which includes chips or cracks…so hopefully if that is what happenwilt will be covered…
Post # 13
“surface break on table due to underlying feather”
This is not good. If feathers reach/come close to reaching the diamond surface, the structural integrity can be really compromised. Hitting the right spot with enough force can cause the crack to get bigger and can even cause the diamond to crack in half. I would take the diamond back to the jeweler and have them look at it under the microscope.
Post # 14
@mrsmurraytobee: argh, I would take it to another jeweler (GIA certed) and see what they say at this point. Beautiful ring by the way. Yes I1’s are denigrated, however they are all not created equal, each stone is unique and there are beautiful well performing I1’s out there. I had an I1 as well. It was a very lively stone and sparkled nicely.
I did a quick search on Pricescope and came of with this info:http://www.pricescope.com/journal/diamond_feather_inclusions_durability_risk
Good luck and keep us posted.