Diamonds sometimes can have inclusions that diminish their beauty. Such diamonds will be also low in their value. Therefore, many treatments have evolved in the jewelry industry over time for enhancing the appeal of such diamonds. However, these treatments can also reduce the value of your stones on some occasions. Many people prefer to not buy them as they are given their visual appeal through artificial treatments, unlike a flawless natural diamond that got its beauty naturally.
When you purchase diamond rings or any other diamond jewelry, you have to check whether they are artificially treated or natural. Usually, this will be indicated in a GIA certificate. But if you are buying a diamond that does not have GIA certification, be cautious, as the jeweler may conceal the details about the treatment. Therefore, even if you are buying expensive engagement rings or any other piece of jewelry, the diamond you get may not be worth the money you spend.
Hence, for helping you to find out the treatments in your jewelry, we list the most common treatments that are used on diamonds. Knowing them will help you to decide whether you should consider buying them or not.
Laser Drilling: This treatment is used to remove dark inclusions from a diamond. Here, a small drill hole that is extremely thin will be created in the diamond using a very fine laser beam. Then, an acid bath will enter the diamond through the tunnel that washes away the inclusions. However, this treatment will leave a drill hole on the diamond and can reduce the value of the diamond. The presence of this treatment can be identified with the help of the magnification process.
Internal Laser Treatment: This treatment is also used for removing dark inclusions but does not leave any tunnels or holes. It creates a series of fine feathers that will reach the inclusions for cleaning those using acid solutions. It is relatively difficult to find out the presence of this treatment, however, it is not impossible. You can find out whether your diamond has undergone this treatment using a microscope.
Fracture filling: Here, a lead-based glass will be imparted into the diamond by applying heat and pressure to fill the small fractures present on the diamond. This is very effective in masking the fine breaks in a diamond; also, it will not add any additional weight to the diamond. But the problem with this treatment is that it is not permanent. Therefore, labs like GIA will not provide a grading report for them.