Post # 1
Ok so we see posts about Moissanites and Ashas and conflict-free diamonds but no one ever posts about natural/unenhanced/untreated diamonds.
In case you didn’t know a lot of diamonds on the market are treated or enhanced. For white diamonds they drill a little hole and inject a substance (it varies) and it improves the clarity and color, in turn, lowering the cost of the diamond. Colored diamonds are treated for color, to make it pop. All the colored diamonds in stores like zales, littman, etc are enhanced.
Having a colored diamond myself, both Fiance & I were very set on a natural stone. We wanted mother nature to show her stuff. GIA, to my knowledge, is the only company that wont create a certificate for treated diamonds. Other companies will actually say “enhanced” on paper to tell you the stone has been altered.
So I ask, Did you know you wanted an unenhanced diamond? Did you not care? Or did you even not know they were available to you? I think the results will be interesting.
ETA: Feel free to add any photos of your enhanced/unenhanced diamonds if you so wish to share.
Post # 3
If I was ever in the market for a diamond, I’d insist on certified untreated. Glass filled “clarity enhanced” diamonds are NOT worth as much as a natural stone, and can crack or even break apart if hit hard enough. My dream is a colored diamond. It’s pretty easy to tell with blue and pink diamonds especially which have been colored to look that way. Most somewhat affordable pink diamonds contain modifiers like brown, and most bright royal blue diamonds that are popular now have been dyed to make them that color. Natural blues contain a pretty muted steely gray usually, and the really pure blues are astronomically priced. So yes, I prefer my stones unfooled around with!
Post # 4
@MASPA: I have a moissanite so I guess it wasn’t important to me to have something “natural” (as it’s lab-created), but if I were to get a diamond I would never get a treated/enhanced one. It greatly weakens the stone and greatly devalues it.
Post # 5
With all gemstones, diamonds included, I like them to be natural. No heat/chemical treating, etc.
Post # 6
Just wanted to mention that GIA does certify enhanced diamonds, they will note it on the certificate. I only know this because there was someone online claiming to sell enhanced diamonds that were GIA certified, so I called GIA to report fraud and they told me that they will certify it as enhance on the certificate!
Post # 7
I’m a GIA certified diamond girl all the way. I either wanted that or a plain band but no diamond substitutes or knock offs or anything of the like. I actually don’t wear any costume jewelry either. It’s silver gold platinum gemstones for me.
Post # 8
It wasn’t important to me (so I voted no) because Moissanite can be very lovely and also since upholding fair labor practices is basically my life’s work, but FH gave me a ring with an ethically-mined, environmentally- and labor-friendly Canadian diamond.
But that said, having studied geology/gemology, I wanted something untreated if we did go the diamond route.
Post # 9
No, I really didn’t know anything about diamonds before I started looking & learning about them on weddingbee/google.
My engagement ring is GIA certified though. But I was looking into moissy also before deciding on a diamond. So it didn’t matter to me at the time.
Post # 10
Honestly, I know NOTHING about diamonds. I haven’t even googled it. The diamond talk on here baffles me so I just move on. My ring is an heirloom anyways. It’s gorgeous whatever it is. Haha.
Post # 11
Is there a visible difference between enhanced and unenhanced?
Post # 12
I didn’t vote, my reasons were not listed. money is not an issue at all. I just didn’t think it was necessary for a lot of money to be spent on my ring, I did not want to be responsible for something that was worth a lot.
before I got engaged, I told my SO that a lab created diamond would have been fine. at the time, I thought they cost less (turns out they really don’t).
after I got engaged, I learned about moissanite. I wish I knew before, I would have asked for a 2ct. even though I didn’t want my ring to be expensive, I would have been ok with the center stone being big!
Post # 13
For me, I like my stones natural, but I have no problem with lab created. I love the look of Moissy and I love me some lab grown blue sapphires.
Now, my fave stones are white sapphires and they are pretty cheap even natural (like $20 a carrat). I want to make a very glam ring for my right hand ring with a large asscher cut white sapphire.
Some natural stones however have unique properties that don’t appleal to all buyers. Like most natural emeralds and rubies are pretty opaque and most would prefer a more transparant stone. I have a really lovely lab created ruby ring in 22K gold thats like as big as my eyeball! There is no way I would ever to be able to own such a lovely piece naturally, it would be worth millions.
Post # 14
It was important for me to have something conflict free and inexpensive, so moissanite was the perfect choice. I don’t care for all the fuss about diamonds anyways.
Post # 15
@LMD84: as far as I know there is no visible difference. The only way to tell is with a loop. However, it weakens the stone and decreases its value.
@Rouquine: haha I was that way too until I had some research to do.
Also, my understanding of GIA, as told by a jeweler who is probably one of the biggest GIA advocates ever, is that they don’t actually certify anything. They provide all kinds of reports for color and grade. They issue a certificate and thats where certify comes from. But they aren’t so much certifying as providing technical information.
I love seeing everyones opinion!
Post # 16
Although I am not a fan of diamonds, if SO was really stuck on giving me one, I would want it to be non-clarity enanced, and if it was blue, non-irradiated. Most “blue” diamonds that aren’t $50,000+ are irradiated.