CLARITY ENHANCED diamond… pros/cons

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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557 posts
Busy bee

GIA doesn’t ‘usually’ accept or certify clarity enhanced diamonds.

Usual clarity enhancement methods are laser drilling and fracture filling.. In fracture filling a glass-like substance is injected into the fracture to make it less visible and to improve the stone’s apparent clarity. It is controversial because it is unstable. As a result GIA doesn’t certify these.

However, they do certify diamonds diamonds that have been laser drilled or HPHT processed, which I would ALSO avoid.

I would absolutely avoid fracture filled diamonds at all costs. When I was researching diamonds I looked it up and this is what I found:

Because the filling glass melts at such a low temperature, it easily “sweats” out of a diamond under the heat of a jeweler’s torch; thus routine jewelry repair can lead to a complete degradation of clarity or in some cases shattering, especially if the jeweler is not aware of the treatment. Similarly, a fracture-filled diamond placed in an ultrasonic cleaner may not survive intact. In today’s market a laser-drilled diamond is a very difficult diamond to sell or trade-up for a better diamond and you are better off buying a better quality, smaller diamond, than a larger one which has been laser-drilled. 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

GoddessVibes :  I edited my post with a few more details. If you are adamant on a clarity enhanced diamonds due to economical reasons, I would go with a laser drilled one since it does not alter the strength of the diamond. However, do note that GIA considers the laser drill holes as an ‘inclusion’ and what I said earlier regarding resale prices. Another thing to note is that in the fracture filled diamonds, extended exposure to sunlight can sometimes cause the filler to discolor.

Clarity enhanced diamonds are an economical buy but whether they are ‘valuable’ is up to conjecture. This is an example that I found on a website.

Consider three round diamonds that weigh 0.70ct, are D color, and SI1 Clarity

laser drilled it will cost approx. $2000;
fracture filled will cost approx. $1500
untreated diamond will be approx. $4000.

As you can see, the laser drilled diamond is less expensive than the not treated, however the fracture filled diamond sells for even less. 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

GoddessVibes :  I only have one experience with a clarity enhanced diamond and it mimics what the pp said. A friend of mine got engaged about o month ago. She didn’t know her diamond was clarity enhanced and therefore didn’t tell the jeweler she went to to get her prongs repaired. Apparently the heat from whatever the jeweler did revealed a huge fracture in her stone. Keep in mind that she just got it in December!  I know you can get it “re-enhanced”, but it seems like a huge pain in the ass. You have to be really careful with these stones.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I would not buy a CE, LD or FF diamond. It would be like throwing my money away. If budget was a concern I would prefer to save longer or go with another gem.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

GoddessVibes :  if you don’ care about resale and certification and stuff you should really check out some of the diamonds on Etsy. The affordable ones all have inclusions but are still really beautiful and many of them you can’ even see the inclusions in in the video in the listing, only in the blown up photo.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Its funny this topic popped up today.  I just went through this ordeal with one of mine.  Let me give you the cliffnotes version.  I will preface this with 2 statements first.

1. enhancing today is nothing like it was 20 years ago-so don’t let anyone hype the flaws

2. is it possible to lose the enhancement?  only if you turn over your diamond to a lab and they apply some kind of heat treatment to it-then yes you’ll lose your enhancement. 

I have been buying enhanced diamonds for 30 years.  And I’ve only seen ONE of my stones lose it’s enhancement, and that’s because the company I trusted to value it sent it to a shitty lab for grading [not GIA or IGS]. When I got the stone back, it looked like cracked glass.  It got worse as the days went on.  This is where the warranty part comes in.  I contacted the original vendor with the warranty card information, sent the diamond back to the shop for re-enhancement and it came back good as new.

I would also like to point out that I have every kind of cleaning device there is to be had.  Ultrasonic cleaners, steam cleaners and regular dip jars.  The ultrasonic cleaners have never caused any of my diamonds to lose their enhancements.  In short-if you want to save a buck, go the enhanced route.  You’ll never see it, nor will anyone else unless they walk around with a loop and even then they would have to know what they’re looking for.

Good luck!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I love mine. 6 years old.

Second pic is a bit blurry. Lovely sparkle and we were able to go bigger due to the difference in cost. I’ not selling it so resale value is irrelevant.

The diamond was from Antwerp and the ring was custom made.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

GoddessVibes :  Not at all, I clean them myself because im obsessed and have a jewelry addiction 🙂 I dont worry about the enhancements in my diamonds-ever.  Seriously.. 🙂  All you have to do is make sure it comes from a vendor with a warranty/return policy if you don’t like the diamond.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

2.3 carat center CE diamond. 

got it from Patrick Fay at Big Diamonds USA. His office is in Chicago but he also sells on eBay. We went to his office and looked at many rings and they were all beautiful. 

If you buy from him he has a lifetime guarantee on the enhancement process and if for any reason the process is altered they will fix it for free, for life! free ring sizing for life and free ammonia-free cleaner for life. 

I love my diamond and I love Patrick Fay, very trust-worthy, honest and reputable. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

rachel_thorson :  OH also GIA certified and comes with all the paperwork to prove it. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee

The only diamonds for which GIA will issue a grading report are laser drilled. They simply go in and burn out the black inclusion. Fracture filled diamonds do not get a report. Even Good Old Gold sells the occasional laser drilled diamond, but I have heard horrible stories about fracture filled stones looking like crap over time. I wouldn’t advise to go that route to save money. 

rachel_thorson :  

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