Inclusions occur in diamonds naturally and almost all diamonds come with certain levels of this imperfection; lab grown diamonds are no exception. In certain circumstances, the inclusions will be very minute and they may not be visible. However, some other diamonds come with visible inclusions that can reduce the value of these stones and deteriorate their appeal. However, now jewelers use different techniques to reduce the visibility of inclusions in diamonds so that their appeal and value can be improved. Different treatments are used for removing inclusions from diamonds. Some of them are listed below:
This is one of the most commonly used methods to remove diamond inclusions. Here, the diamond treater will drill an extremely minute hole into the stone till where the inclusions are found. This laser beam will burn the inclusions so they are no more visible. Also, bleach or acid treatments can be used to wash away the impurities. This can make your diamond brighter, clearer, and more appealing.
The holes that are used for removing diamond inclusions are permanent and they cannot be removed. However, you don’t have to worry about these holes affecting the appeal of your stones, as they won’t be visible. The laser holes are as thin as a strand of hair, hence, they won’t have a major impact on the appearance of your stones.
The laser holes might be filled by a diamond treater using a method called fracture filling which is explained below:
This method is used to fill the holes created by laser drilling. It can enhance the clarity of your stones by filling the fractures using a molten glass-like substance. This technique might efficiently conceal the holes in a diamond.
Diamonds that have undergone fracture filling can last for years if maintained properly. However, they can get damaged by cleanings or repairs that involve acid, steam, or ultrasonics.
The fracture filling can be reapplied again if the filled material melts away. However, you can never brighten the stone again if the filling turns dark.
Recutting can be used to remove the portions of a diamond that come with a large number of inclusions. However, the size of your diamond rings can be significantly reduced if you choose to recut the stones. This method can be used if the inclusions are present near the surface of your diamonds.
Treatment methods like laser drilling and fracture filling can reduce the value and price of your stones. So make sure to find out whether your diamonds have undergone these treatments. You can find this information on the diamond certificate.