The four C's of diamonds are cut, color, clarity and carat with clarity referring to the small imperfections within the diamond. It is very rare to find a diamond with no flaws, so most diamonds will have imperfections and inclusions. A clarity enhanced diamond is a natural, genuine diamond that has had its inclusions removed or improved and therefore looks much nicer. A diamond can be improved up to one grade higher using this process, and that could result in up to 30% in savings.
How Are Diamonds Enhanced?
Clarity enhanced diamonds are a wonderful option if you would like to buy a larger stone than your budget might allow. Visible imperfections such as feathers and spots are removed by laser drilling, and the resulting hole is replaced with clear acrylic. Sometimes a laser is applied to a dark spot which makes it colorless and therefore not visible. With both options, you end up with a better looking diamond.
The clarity enhancement is not visible to the naked eye without magnification -- also known as eye clean -- and the resulting diamond presents very well. This should be disclosed to the buyer if known, but sometimes jewelers are not aware that a diamond has been enhanced. A gemological microscope is usually needed to detect the enhancement.
How To Care For Clarity Enhanced Diamonds
- Do not use ammonia-based cleaners
- Soak the ring in warm water with a few drops of dish soap
- Use a soft brush after about 10 minutes to gently loosen dirt
- Rinse in warm water and dry with a soft cloth
Should You Purchase A Clarity Enhanced Diamond?
Clarity enhanced diamonds are a good value, but you should be aware that not all labs will certify them because they may not be able to determine the original clarity. If this is important to you or your beloved, perhaps it is best to purchase a non-clarity enhanced diamond. This should also be a mutual decision between you and the recipient. But if a larger diamond is the priority and cost is an obstacle, this could be a great option.
The professionals at Siebke Hoyt can show you how diamonds are graded, determine your priorities, and help you to make this big decision with confidence.