A diamond is something precious and valuable to own. While some diamonds can be purchased at affordable prices, there are diamonds that cost quite a lot of money. The Steinmetz Pink diamond, which had a price tag of $25 million, and the De Beers Centenary Diamond, which had a price tag of $100 million, are only two excellent examples of how expensive diamonds can really be. There is also the $350 million “The Hope Diamond” and the $400 million “The Cullinan” diamonds. If you are looking to buy a diamond, chances are, you don’t have this much to spend on a diamond. Some people can’t even afford the full price that diamonds are currently being sold at – even the cheaper ones. Still, a diamond is often considered a symbol of love and you only want the best for your loved on. There is one particular way in which you could save some money – and that is by opting for a diamond that has been treated.
How Diamonds Are Treated
A lot of diamonds that are mined contain inclusions and blemishes. These imperfections affect the clarity grade of the diamond and can reduce the diamond’s value significantly. In many cases, the imperfections in the diamond cannot be seen by the naked eye, but there are some diamonds that are rated I1 to I3 (Included), which contain inclusions that can be seen without having to place the diamond under a magnifier. These diamonds are often sold at much lower prices than diamonds that has inclusions that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
When a diamond contains a lot of inclusions and the jeweler does not want to lose too much money on the sale of the diamond, they can have the diamond treated. You can also buy an included diamond at a low price and then get it treated yourself. This process has a significant amount of benefits as it is able to reduce the appearance of these inclusions and restore some of the diamond’s natural beauty.
Diamonds can be treated in different ways, so let’s consider each of the options individually:
- Deep Boiling – Deep boiling is a very specific process that can only be done on certain diamonds. For a diamond to be eligible for a deep boiling process, the inclusions in the diamond should reach the diamond’s surface and they should be black in color.
- Laser Drilling – Laser drilling is a very popular type of treatment that can be used to reduce the appearance of inclusions in a diamond. The process is also usually done on inclusions that are black, but the inclusions do not need to reach the diamond’s surface for laser drilling to work effectively.
- Special Laser Drilling – This process is very much like standard laser drilling, but, with special laser drilling a plane is burnt into the diamond and not a tunnel like with standard laser drilling treatments.
- Fracture Filling – Fracture filling is usually combined with laser drilling or special laser drilling as a tunnel or plane is needed for the filling to be placed inside the diamond.
Diamonds that have undergone a clarity enhancement process, often referred to as treated diamonds, can often cost somewhat less than a diamond that has a naturally high clarity rating. In many cases, especially when the process has been conducted by someone with a lot of experience, the diamond will look natural and beautiful, yet the price of the diamond can be significantly less than a diamond that had not undergone such a treatment. Take the tips we’ve shared here into account when you want to opt for a treated diamond to make sure you still get a valuable stone at a more affordable price.