A Guide To Clarity Enhanced Diamonds

Clarity enhanced diamonds have gained a lot of popularity in recent years, they offer the consumer a chance to buy a bigger diamond for less. In this article we will try to explain what the advantages are of buying clarity enhanced diamonds, and how you can afford buying to buy a larger diamond for less?

Round Loose Diamond (4.03 Ct, I Color, SI1(Clarity Enhanced) Clarity)

Round Loose Diamond 4.03 Ct, I Color, SI1 (Clarity Enhanced) EGL

Are Clarity Enhanced Diamonds For You?

That choice is up to you. First we must make it clear that clarity enhanced diamonds are 100% REAL diamonds that are mined from the earth, they merely undergo a special treatment to make them look better.

What Are Clarity Enhanced (Fracture Filled) Diamonds?

The reason for the Clarity Enhancement Process is to make tiny cracks inside diamonds invisible to the eye. Almost every diamond has small internal blemishes including tiny surface reaching cracks.

When light rays travel through a diamond the tiny crack reflects the light in such a way that the internal outline of the crack may be slightly visible to your naked eye. It is the outline of the crack that is made invisible through the enhancement process.

After the enhancement process, light rays entering the diamond pass through the crack instead of reflecting off of it, thus giving you a visually better clarity and brilliant diamond.

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How Does The Enhancement Process Work?

Before we explain the process we must first understand which diamonds are best candidates for the enhancement process. When diamonds are being formed in the earth's crust or during the diamond cutting process, tiny cracks may appear inside the diamond or near the surface.

The location and visibility of the crack essentially will determine if the diamonds clarity could be visually improved through the enhancement process. If when viewing a diamond from the top, a small crack is visible to the untrained or unassisted eye, then this diamond is perfect for the enhancement process.

The enhancement process begins by heating the diamond to over 600 degrees, then a silicone-like liquid is inserted inside the diamond and it instantly bonds with the internal face of the tiny crack. The end result is that it will now be possible for light rays to pass through the crack, instead of reflecting off of it, therefore ensuring a visually more beautiful diamond.

Pear Loose Diamond (3.05 Ct, D , SI2( Enhanced&laser Drilled) ) EGL

Pear Loose Diamond 3.05 Ct, D , SI2 ( Enhanced & Laser Drilled) EGL

What Are Clarity Enhanced (Laser Drilled) Diamonds?

The Laser Drilled Process is used in order to remove imperfections that are much closer to the heart of the diamond. A surgical laser is used to drill deep into the diamond and either remove the imperfections via vacuum or the injection of acid, it also might be possible to bleach the black imperfection to white. This procedure when compared to fracture filled diamonds is permanent.

However, once the hole is drilled it is usually filled using the previous mentioned method. The combination of both processes is called the “Yehuda method” named after its implementer in the 1980s Zvi Yehuda an Israeli Scientist from Ramat Gan Israel.

Should I Buy A Clarity Enhanced Diamond?

It depends on your circumstances. Many people buy clarity enhanced diamonds and are very satisfied customers. At CaratsDirect2U.com we pride ourselves in our transparency and inform each customer of any treatments any of our diamonds have undergone.

If you are looking to get the biggest diamond per dollar and you don't have the funds to pay for that 1, 1½, or 2 carat diamond but still would like to purchase a nice sized diamond, we would suggest a clarity enhanced diamond.

At CaratsDirect2U.com we have a large stock of clarity enhanced diamonds in the following shapes: Round, Pear, Princess, Radiant, Oval, Cushion, Heart, Trillion, Triangle, Emerald, and Marquise. We offer a clarity enhanced diamonds the following categories:

All of our clarity enhanced diamonds come with a 30 day return policy and we also offer diamond financing for those that qualify. Our clarity enhanced or priced at wholesale prices up to 30%-50$ off retail.

FAQ's About Clarity Enhanced Diamonds

Why Buy A Clarity Enhanced Diamond?

Simply stated......you get twice the size at around half the price over non-enhanced diamonds.

What Could Cause the Diamond's Filling To Come Out?

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has put clarity enhanced stones through the most rigorous of tests. They found only 3 possible reasons that might cause the filling to come out:

  1. Exposure to fire or extreme heat (over 100C /212F degrees)(as discussed below)
  2. Exposure to boiling acid.
  3. Re-cutting. If, for some reason, the diamond has to be recut, the process could cause the filling to come out.

How do I Clean And Care For My Clarity Enhanced Diamond?

In order to keep your clarity enhanced diamond sparkling just like the day you received it, we suggest using a soft toothbrush to gently brush the underside and surface of the diamond in order to remove any soap, lotion, etc. that has found its way to the diamond during every day wear, which can cause diamonds to appear dull and lifeless.

The gentle brushing will loosen and remove any dirt buildup or residue on the diamond, and keep it looking like the day you received it. Any jewelry cleaning fluid that is ammonia free is safe for cleaning your clarity enhanced diamond. Studies have shown that pure ammonia that is found in store purchased jewelry cleaners has been known to affect or alter the enhancement process.

Should I Inform My Jeweler That My Diamond Is Clarity Enhanced

Yes, because most enhancement processes are difficult to detect and even your jeweler may not detect that it was enhanced. So always inform your jeweler that your diamond has been enhanced.

If the repair requires heat from a jewelers welding torch, then we suggest informing your jeweler to temporarily remove the diamond from the setting to perform the repair, then simply re-set your diamond into the ring. Repairs that require heat from a jewelers welding torch are ring re-sizing, prong replacement, and the soldering of two rings together.

Price Difference Between A Clarity Enhanced Diamond And A Similar Non-Enhanced Diamond?

The clarity enhanced process allows the consumer to purchase a larger diamond for less. Usually clarity enhanced diamonds can cost between 45%-80% less than a non-enhanced similar diamond.

Cushion Loose Diamond 2.67 Ct, G , VS2 ( Enhanced and Laser Drilled)EGL

Cushion Loose Diamond 2.67 Ct, G , VS2 ( Enhanced&laser Drilled) EGL

What Is The Average Clarity Improvement?

From our experience the clarity enhancement process is able to enhance the diamond clarity 2 to 3 clarity grades. For example: A 1.00 Carat pear shape H-I2 can be upgraded to a SI2 clarity.

Do Clarity Enhanced Diamonds Hold their Value?

Yes, clarity enhanced diamonds like all other diamonds hold their value according to normal price fluctuations of diamonds as well as taking into account current market values and conditions.

Can I Get Jewelry Insurance On My Clarity Enhanced Diamond?

Yes, all insurance companies recognize and insure clarity enhanced diamonds. It is important to remember enhanced diamonds are 100% natural genuine diamonds. Most Insurance companies require an appraisal of the diamonds before insuring it at the retail replacement value.

If you have any other questions regarding clarity enhanced diamond jewelry please feel free to contact our professional jewelers at 1-800-557-7095 or by email to [email protected].