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6 DIAMOND TREATMENTS THAT WILL SAVE YOU THOUSANDS

6 Diamond Treatments That will save you THOUSANDS

Latoya Boyd
World renowned, published Jeweler, Jewelry Designer, and Graduate Gemologist educating you on all things gems and jewelry. From how to style and layer your look, to jewelry box staples, you'll be armed with jewelry knowledge and processes that will give you the confidence to shop jewelry gifts for you and your loved ones.

Until recently,  I was against selling treated diamonds. However, with diamond prices going up, and people being on a budget, I believe these are an AWESOME option to help YOU SAVE MORE MONEY. Buying jewelry is the easy part. The difficult part is learning how to shop for jewelry. Read on to determine if buying treated diamonds and gems are for you. 

It's no secret that Diamonds are treated and have been getting treated for many many years. Whether or not you've seen or heard the terms "clarity enhanced," "laser drilled," "fracture-filled," or "color enhanced," these are treatments that exist within the gem and jewelry industry. And, just to ease your mind, they are all perfectly legalto buy and sell- so long as any and all treatments have been disclosed to you, the customer. Disclosureis absolutely important and failure to disclose any and all treatments are not only misleading, it is incredibly unethicaland immoralto do so and it creates distrust. We don't do that here.

Technologyhas made it possible for you to acquire a natural diamond for a fraction of the cost all due to treatments to improve the clarity, or appearance of the diamond. While this can be an incredibly affordable way to save major dollars,unfortunately not all treatments are permanent. Read on to learn about what treatments exist, pros and cons of each treatment,how to maintain treated diamonds, and most importantly why they exist.

Color Enhancements 

Irradiation: 

Irradiation can produce green, blue, brown, yellow, black and other colors. Sometimes this process will be followed by annealing.

Pros: Produces a variety of colors.

Cons: Sensitive to heat and jewelry repair procedures, recutting, and repolishing can change their colors.

Annealing:

Is a controlled heating and cooling process often following irradiation to change a diamond’s color to brown, orange, or yellow.

Cons: Applying heat to an annealed diamond during jewelry repairs, will drastically alter its color.

High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT):

HPHT treatment is a process associated with pink, blue, and orangish-yellow diamonds. It too is often followed up with irradiation. 

Pros: HPHT is considered a permanent process.

The HPHT process can turn some brownish diamonds colorless as well as other colors.

Cons: n/a

Coatings:

Silica coatings are applied to polished colorless or near-colorless diamonds.

Pros: Produces a varieties of pink, purple orange blue and yellow colors. Natural looking.

Cons: Semi durable coating but not permanent. Coated diamonds can be damaged by heat and chemicals while being repaired or polishedas scratchingwill occur.

Advanced technologies to treat diamonds makes detection more difficult for us Gemologists, and requires the use of a well-equipped research and grading laboratory.

Fracture-Filled

A fracture filled diamond is a diamond that is treated to improve the appearance of a large fracture, also know as a clarity characteristic, a blemish or inclusion within a diamond. A molten leaded glass-like substance is infused into a diamond’s fractures. According to the GIA,Diamond Treatments and What They Mean to You, gia.edu, fracture filling diamonds is the most common diamond treatment used to enhance clarity or visual appearance. 

With proper care, your treatment can last for years but can be damaged during common jewelry repairs, regular cleanings,cleanings with an ultrasonic cleaner, steamer, and acids.

Pros:Fracture filling can make a diamond look more brighter but it will slightly lower its color grade.

Cons: Low color grade.

Clarity Enhancements

Laser Drilling 

A laser drill is a permanent process that does not alter the weight of the diamond as much as .001 carats. The process bleaches internal black imperfections by a chemical process done through a 20-25 micron channel created by a focuses laser or infrared energy. 

This process is permanent, leaves no residue, and does not change the weight of the diamond. This process should NOT be confused with 'Yehuda or Fracture Filled' treatments, which involve infusion of foreign material into a natural diamond. The laser process involves infusion no such materials. The laser process bleaches an internal black inclusion using a focused laser.

Just think of a drill as  a cut   but inside the diamond! 

Pros: Laser drilling can make included diamonds more affordable. Laser drilling is considered a permanent treatment as the drill hole cannot be removed and sometimes after drilling, the diamond may be fracture filled.

Cons: The laser drill hole is considered a clarity characteristic. The drill-hole can fill with foreign material and become more visible.

Who Are Treated Diamonds For and Why You Should Buy Them

We haveALL bought that open box at Best Buy. Yes maybe it has a scratch on it,BUT for SAVINGS most people are thrilled! 

Treated diamonds are for those who want a natural diamond but not necessarily the price tag that natural diamonds so often demand.

A treated diamond is still a natural diamond mined in the earth, it is still rare, unlike a synthetic diamonds.

Get a MUCH BIGGER Diamond than you can get for the same amount of money. Who doesn't love BIGGER diamonds?

What's Not Treated These Days?

Emeralds are oiled, sapphires are heated. Heck, every diamond that comes out of the ground looks like salt! Gems have all been "treated" in some way.

A Treated Diamond is Like a Car. 

Let's say you see a new car for $30,000. A dealer down the road has the same car for $18,000 only because it had a dent that was repaired. They look the same! Why wouldn't you want the one for $12,000 less?

All diamond treatments are disclosed before you make a purchase here at Latoya Boyd Jewelry. Purchasing a diamond with a grading report will give you piece of mind that your diamond has be thoroughly examined and tested for any detectable diamond treatments.

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