Quality enhanced diamonds
Natural vs Enhanced Diamonds
Every diamond mined from the Earth is unique, they all have their own color and characteristics.
To improve the characteristics of these diamonds, some stones will have their quality artificially enhanced. These are known as "Quality Enhanced Diamonds".
Diamonds that haven't been enhanced in anyway are simply called "Natural Diamonds"
Quality enhanced stones are a more cost effective way to purchase diamonds. Quality enhanced diamonds will allow you to purchase a larger, clearer, and or more beautiful stone, for a much lower price than a comparable all natural diamond.
Types of Quality Enhancements
Some stones will have had their color improved, using a method called HPHT.
Other stones will have had their clarity improved, via laser or fracture drilling.
What is Laser Drilling?
What is HPHT?
Does Clarity Enhancement "alter" a diamond in any way?
No, it is still a natural diamond. It's just a natural diamond that looks much better for a lower price.
Do I need to give my enhanced diamond special treatment?
The Gemological Institute of America(G.I.A), has determined that normal wear and tear will not harm an enhanced diamond. The enhancements could potentially be reversed by extreme heat, or strong acids, but nothing you would come into contact with in your normal everyday life. It is recommended to periodically use an ammonia free, lightweight cleaner, to clean your enhanced diamond.