What is a clarity enhanced ring???

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@smileygirl:  Do.Not.Get.  Be very wary of them.  My mom was sold one 20 years ago and, due to everyday cleaning chemicals, whatever they put to ‘clarity enhance’ a fracture/feather gave way and it just cracked/discolored in the area they siliconed or whatever filler they used in the area.

My first engagement at barely 21yrs old, my FI got me a diamond ring with clarity enhancement and the ring cracked at the girdle area due to weakness and, per the jeweler who saw it after the crack, “material that was used to seal a microscopic drill hole”.  Yup, good times of the young and the restless, lol.  With what I’ve learned now, I am mortified just recalling these episodes.

Smiley, just be very wary and trust your hunches.  Don’t let the ‘seller’/’jeweler’ steer you wrong or talk up a ‘clarity enhancement’.

Post # 5
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5445 posts
Bee Keeper

Agree with PP. 

basically, clarity enhanced diamonds are diamonds with feathers/fractures that are filled (usually with some kind of lead based glass material, though there may be other materials, I’m not super knowledgeable about them). They are MUCH cheaper than non enhanced diamonds, and so they’re not necessarily bad IF you know what you’re getting and are not being deceived into thinking you’re just getting an exceptional deal on a natural diamond. However, most people think poorly of them because they are much less durable. The filled material can melt when the ring is heated for resize or maintenance, chemicals and abrasives can damage it, etc. If you look at my profile, I actually posted a video ABC did on CE diamonds. 

Post # 6
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3200 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Clarity enchancement ruins the diamond but if you are looking for a modified diamond that won’t crack, check out HPHT diamonds.  The process actually does not damage the stong and actually makes it stronger.  Yes, resale value with be lower however all diamonds resale for way less than what you bought it as.  If you’re looking to have a beautiful diamond at a lower cost for it’s Cs then check it out.

Post # 8
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3372 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@carlmonteith:  and maybe for those of us who will be living only a couple of decades longer at the most, this kind of stone is ok. It will out live me ?

Post # 9
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367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

Freddy Diamonds and probably a number of other diamond distributors also sell LASER clarity enhanced diamonds where inclusions are removed using lasers instead of filling with some sort of silicon filler.

I hear this method of clarity enhancement is superior to filling as it wont change the integrity of the diamond and you wont risk damage to the diamond itself. Laser clarity enhanced diamonds can also be graded by the GIA and other trusted labs whereas diamonds that have been filled are not graded by such labs.

Of course laser treated diamonds are more expensive than clarity enhanced filled diamonds, but still about 30% cheaper than natural mined non treated diamonds.

Have a look ar Freddy Diamonds website if you are interested in clarity enhanced diamonds. I would say its a safer option than other diamonds that have been fracture filled.

I havent bought from Freddy Diamonds but was seriously considering it as their prices for 1ct diamonds are very reasonable and their have been lots of good reviews about him and there is a no questions asked return policy if you dont like the diamond after you’ve seen it.

http://www.freddydiamonds.com/

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