(Closed) center stone,fractured or included?pic heavy

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m not sure I see what you see, but I can say I doubt it’s fractured. Diamonds are incredibly strong, it would take a heck of a lot of force to splice it. It’s likely a “feathering”, which is a type of inclusion.

May I ask, what’s the clairity on the stone?

Post # 4
2552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

For me, its almost impossible to tell from the photo. I would guess that its just an inclusion (or what I like to call a birth mark.) If you arent happy with it, I think Zales would switch it out for you?

Post # 6
577 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would guess that is probably a feather/inclusion.

Any I clarity stone means that it is not eye-clean. So it’s not surprising that you can see a flaw without a loupe, because that’s what it means. However, I’m not sure how they are graded within the I category so I can’t help you there. Does it come with any sort of certification?

Post # 7
6354 posts
Bee Keeper

I can’t really see from the photos but will agree with the PPs that it is probably an inclusion that you’re seeing. I does mean visibly included.

Did you get any paperwork about the specs of the diamond? You can make sure it matches up with its paperwork by taking it to a different jeweler for an assessment.

Post # 8
1975 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

if it help my ring is clarity rated I1 as well

Post # 9
2749 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I agree with the previous posters, it is probably just an inclusion. I1 diamonds do have inclusions that are visible you the naked eye. I think they are more obvious once you know where they are. I have a ring made with I1 clarity diamonds and the inclusions are very obvious to me, I highly doubt anyone else would really notice though.


Here is a pic of my anniversary ring for reference, I don’t know why it is sideways..


Post # 10
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Yes, as PP said, I1 means the inclusions are easily visible to the naked eye.  It’s likely you didn’t notice it in the store because of store lighting, and I doubt the salespeople at a chain store would have told you about it unless you asked.  I’m sure if you’re uhappy you can swap it out for a better clarity grade, just pay attention to the paperwork they give you!  Congrats on your impending engagement!

Post # 12
1529 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I have seen good i1’s and i1’s that I wouldn’t go near. Having said that, I cannot tell what I am looking at in your stone.

A lifetime ago, I owned a ring with a horrible inclusion that I could see once the sheen of the jewellry store lights were no longer a factor. I also got it dirty by washing my hands and just ordinary living. I was so upset that it could be seen, I returned it and after much discussion, humming and trying to turn me around – they sold me another stone (for more money of course). 

Although I no longer have that ring, I learned to understand what I would and wouldn’t tolerate. Good luck and do let us know ok?

Post # 13
2049 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Its probably an inclusion.  As said by a few of the PP, I1 has inclusions visible to the naked eye.  When I was looking at diamonds around that clarity, I asked the jeweler if he would mind taking it outside so I could look at it in the sun.  Since I buy from them a lot, they were more than happy to.  Once outside I could see more visibly the inclusions.  I ended up getting a SI1 diamond at first, but then recently I upgraded to a VS1.

I’m sure they will switch it out for you.  See if they have any they can order that has less obvious inclusions.

Post # 14
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I agree that it’s probably just an inclusion, especially since most stones carried by mall jewelry stores are I1s. I have an I1 that’s eye clean and super sparkly, though.

Post # 15
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Mine is also an I-1 and looks eye clean…has no obviious white or dark spots. I’s vary quite a bit. I have seen I1’s that look worse than I2’a ND VISA VERSA. make sure the stone is clean, as in take a q-tip qith a dip of alcohol and clean the stone before panicking. Also remember, most people are not going to get that close to your ring. I compare my I1 solitaire to my signity cz and seriously cannot tell the difference – and I really try. To me, the only difference between my diamond and my cz is that the diamond looks a bit “denser” in the center of the stone…not sure that makes sense but it is the only difference I can see even up really close. so, there are I1 stones that are very nice looking.

Post # 16
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Midland, TX

I bought my ring from zales and they can switch it out for you if it bothers you that much. I have had an I2 and it looked like it was cracked but in the store, under store lights, I did not notice it at all until I got it home. I ended up upgrading to a VS2 and went down in diamond size because it really botherd me to much to enjoy staring at my ring.

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