Almost all diamonds have tiny imperfections that are invisible except on close inspection. These flaws are caused by tiny dark specks, or inclusions, inside the gem or by small cracks and fissures on the gem surface. Many companies can lessen the visibility of these imperfections in your diamond through a process called clarity enhancement. These diamond specialists use micro lasers and solvents to remove the inclusions, and fill the cracks and fissures with a glass glaze.
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Find a professional diamond enhancement company. Ask your jeweller for recommendations. If you select a company from the Internet, check its references to make sure it is a legitimate company with a good reputation.
Take your diamond to the enhancement company to find out if the diamond is a suitable candidate for clarity enhancement. Some diamonds have cracks that are too large to fill properly, or they have a dark spot that cannot be removed with damaging the diamond. A company representative will examine the diamond and let you know if it can be enhanced.
Mail the diamond to the company if it is in another city and you do not wish to travel. Contact the company first to find out its procedures for submitting diamonds by mail. Insure the diamond if you are sending it by mail.
Ask for a price quote after the company has seen your diamond. If the price seems fair to you, approve the clarity enhancement procedure. The company will send the diamond to a laboratory for the work. The laboratory will use a micro laser to drill into the diamond if it has dark spots, then use solvents to remove the spots. They will then fill the hole and any fissures in the diamond with a glass glaze, then heat-treat the diamond to harden the glaze. It usually takes at least a week for the company to do the work and return your diamond.
Tips and warnings
- A clarity-enhanced diamond should stand up to normal wear and tear without any problems. But if you take the diamond to a jeweller to be cleaned or reset, make sure you tell them it has been clarity enhanced so they can avoid procedures that might damage the enhancement.
- You must disclose the fact that your diamond has been clarity-enhanced if you try to sell it.
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