Does a Laboratory Grown Diamond have Inclusions?
In this article, we’ll be talking about the presence of inclusions in Laboratory Grown Diamonds. By better understanding inclusions, and how this affects the gemstone’s appearance and value, we hope to support you in making an informed lab diamond decision that fits your budget, and values.
Lab Grown Diamonds are identical to their mined counterparts, meaning they are both optically and chemically the same, and also contain their unique imperfections - such as inclusions.
Hence, both mined and lab grown diamonds are evaluated using the same grading system and standards created by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), The 4Cs. This grading process ensures that all diamonds, regardless of origin, are held to the same quality standards regarding Carat, Cut, Colour, and Clarity. This grading system is utilised across multiple governing bodies and institutions that grade both mined and lab grown diamonds.
But what does this have to do with regard to inclusions?
The clarity of a gemstone refers to the presence, or lack thereof, of inclusions which are naturally occurring tiny imperfections found within a diamond. Inclusions appear during the creation of lab diamonds when exposed to metal traces utilised during the HPHT growth process or mineral inclusions from the CVD growth method, and are also present in mined diamonds.
To grade the clarity of a diamond, it is necessary to observe the number and nature of inclusions of the stone, as well as their size and position. From this, the gemstone is graded ranging from I3 (Included) to I.F (Internally Flawless). At The Moissanite Company, our Cultured Clarity® lab diamonds, hand selected by our Chief Gemstone Expert and Founder, range between the VS2-VVS1 clarity or better. We work with only the most exquisite lab diamonds to deliver on our commitment to balancing quality and affordability.
The impact of inclusions on a lab diamond's appearance can vary significantly. These inclusions, depending on their size, position, and quantity, can either enhance or detract from the overall beauty of the stone. In some instances, they create mesmerising patterns, adding a unique touch of character and personality to the diamond. On the other hand, if the inclusions are too prominent, they might interfere with the diamond's brilliance, reducing its sparkle and visual appeal.
How do Clarity Inclusions Impact Value? Determining a lab diamond's value involves considering various factors and clarity inclusions hold a significant place in this evaluation process. Generally, diamonds with fewer and less visible inclusions are rarer and, thus, more valuable. The rarity of a lab diamond with exceptional clarity becomes a key factor in its pricing.
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