When diamonds are thought of, generally we can’t help but think beautiful, pure, rare , bold. Diamonds are all of these things, and more. When we shop for diamonds we often times are not buying “perfect” diamonds. Most of them have internal and external flaws called inclusions and can sometimes affect the clarity of the diamonds. From the popular round diamond to emerald shape diamonds the inclusions are not always very obvious to spot and most jewelry stores will say they don’t affect the value or vulnerability of the stone to shatter. Let’s take a look at some of the different types of inclusions.
Crystal & Mineral inclusions
Some diamonds have minerals and crystals and even other diamonds that are embedded into them. This look usually resembles a diamond within a diamond and most are not visible to the naked eye. Those that have larger inclusions that can be seen with the naked eye can affect the clarity of the diamond and in some cases even the life of the stone by making it more vulnerable to chip or even shatter. Some mineral and crystal inclusions may even add to the look and character of the diamond. Sometimes the presence of a colored stone such as a garnet or ruby can appear and make the stone that much more beautiful.
These are the most common types of inclusion in diamonds. Often called minute crystals, they resemble a small point of light in the diamond. These types of inclusions usually do not affect the clarity of the diamond. However, when large clusters (usually three or more) of minute crystals are present they can create a “cloudy” look to them.
Feathers are cracks in the diamond that resemble a feather. These usually do not affect the clarity unless the feather starts running up to the top of the diamond where the stone is more prone to crack.
Usually caused by a deep internal strain on the diamond, these inclusions are straight cracks without the appearance of feathering. These inclusions are more prone to cracking, especially when and if being placed in the prongs of a ring, pendant, etc. These types of inclusions should be avoided if possible and carefully inspected.
These types of inclusions are created when the diamond is forming deep in the earth. While the diamond is making its way to the earth’s surface the high temperature fluids etches on the diamonds crystalline structure. These usually leave parallel line or uneven shaped tunnel looking configuration.
These are just a handful of different types of diamond inclusions. There are many more. The complex makeup of the diamond is quite intriguing. There are so many things you can say about a diamond and still have left out so much at the same time. We often times do not go this in-depth when shopping for the perfect diamond ring but it’s always good to have a little insight on what you may be looking at the next time you walk into a jewelry store on even a pawn shop.
A typical brick-n-mortar pawn shop uses a 10 timer to assess a diamonds offer price or loan value, and the individual doing the evaluating is not properly trained. At online pawn shop PawnBahn.com, we have GIA certified gemologists that assess the value of your diamonds that take each and everyone of these types of inclusions into consideration or lack thereof. Taking all the 4cs into consideration as well. This is what sets PawnBahn apart from all brick-n-mortar pawn shops. You will always get the best possible offer on your diamond from us and know its true value, with, or without a gemological certification. In 99% of all cases, you will always get more for your diamond at PawnBahn than you would in any other pawn shop.