There are so many aspects of wedding planning that I still don’t know as much about as I’d like! One of these things is understanding how to pick out an engagement ring- there’s so much to know and it’s such an important purchase. Lucky for you readers, one of the diamond experts from www.abazias.com has kindly shared some of her fantastic knowledge with us! Here are a few of her pointers (for more great information about picking your wedding jewelry, check out their diamond blog)
Why A Grading Report Helps To Detect Diamond Treatments
The diamond industry is under siege with new technological advances that not only simulate natural diamonds, but also treat imperfect diamonds into perfect ones. While someone may want to rely on some simple do-it-yourself diamond newspaper test to determine a real versus a fake diamond, that can end up being a costly mistake. Diamond grading laboratories are the experts on the latest ways people are enhancing, treating, or simulating diamonds and they can spot things that may be hard to do otherwise.
No Simulated Diamonds Or Synthetics Allowed
Some laboratories, the most trusted ones like GIA, won’t even issue diamond gradings for simulants or synthetics. If you ask them to grade one of these, you’ll immediately know they’re a fake. It’s important for the diamond industry to be able to recognize the true diamonds from the man-made ones to keep the level of trust high in the diamond industry.
Other Types Of Enhancements
Some diamonds are treated with high pressure, high temperature, (HPHT) treatments. Others are fracture-filled. Sometimes this is done with full disclosure and other times it is not. It can make a regular diamond appear to be of higher quality when it is not. In the past, the HPHT treatments were hard to spot, but no more. The labs can now ascertain which diamonds have been HPHT treated and note that on the grading report to help you make a good buying decision. Other types of modifications, like laser-drilling, may not affect the diamond quality or may be used for identification purposes, but again, you will be happy to have full disclosure by ordering a grading report with these details on it. Working with a trusted laboratory can be a great way to make sure the money you pay is going to be spent wisely.