THEIR STORY - Diamond Inclusions

Diamond inclusion
There are various factors that determine the value of a diamond, which we categorize under the 4Cs. Within these categories, there are diverse factors that determine the value. One of these factors is diamond inclusions or birthmarks, which have an effect on the clarity. In this blog, we explain what they are and how they affect the value.

What are diamond inclusions?

Diamond birthmarks are small pieces of other minerals, cracks, bubbles, or other impurities that are inside a diamond. They develop during the process of diamond formation under the earth's crust. They can vary in size, shape, color, and location.
People often call inclusions "natural imperfections". These can affect the appearance and value of a diamond. People value diamonds with fewer birthmarks more, but diamonds with noticeable inclusions can have unique and interesting features. This makes them attractive to collectors and gemstone enthusiasts. Inclusions in a diamond can even help identify the origin or distinguish a diamond from an imitation.

How do diamond birthmarks affect the value of a diamond?

Generally, diamonds with fewer and smaller inclusions are considered more valuable because of the rarity and better clarity and brilliance. The most valuable diamonds usually have no birthmarks at all or only microscopic inclusions that are not visible to the naked eye.
However, some types can increase the value of a diamond. For example, inclusions that look like internal flashes of light or that have the shape of a specific pattern, such as a star or a fern. Ultimately, the value of a diamond depends on various factors, including the 4Cs (carat, cut, color, clarity), and birthmarks are just one of many factors that can affect the value of a diamond.

Is it possible to repair or remove a diamond with birthmarks?

Inclusions cannot be removed from a diamond without damaging the stone. A diamond is a natural gemstone, and the inclusions are part of its unique character and identity.
However, some inclusions can be reduced or improved through special techniques such as polishing. Here people smoothen the diamonds surface to make small birthmarks less visible. Another technique, "clarity enhancement", uses a special filling material to make small inclusions less visible. However, it is important to know that these techniques can affect the value of the diamond and are not permanent.
If you are looking for a diamond without inclusions, you can search for diamonds with a higher clarity grade that have fewer birthmarks. However, this can result in a higher price for the diamond.
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