What is Diamond Fluorescence?
Diamond Fluorescence is a great tool to lower your diamonds price. The technical explanation is the effect that Ultraviolet rays(UV) have on the diamond. In a simple and fun explanation, your diamond can turn into a glow stick(kidding but not really). A Diamond with strong Fluorescence, under a UV light, can have a strong blue color. In the real world, unless you are in a club under black light, It wont be glowing blue. In the day time or regular lighting you wont have a glowing diamond. With medium to very strong fluorescence grades, A trained eye may see a little hint of blue. However, if your diamond is lower in color it cancels out the yellow.
Its very common to find fluorescence in diamonds. Approximately 25% – 35% show a degree of fluorescence. However, only 10% of diamonds with grades of medium, strong or very strong fluorescence may affect appearance.
Here is a sample photo from GIA . It shows a necklace made of diamonds that are strong in fluorescence. One half is viewed with normal lighting. The other half with fluorescent lighting.
How does fluorescence effect the diamond
GIA studies show that for the overwhelming majority of diamonds, the strength of fluorescence has no noticeable effect. In conclusion to a GIA Fluorescence Study, the average person could not tell the difference between a diamond with fluorescence and a diamond without. So whats the big fuss about!? There is a very low percent of diamonds that have a hazy look to them due to strong Fluorescence. To be exact, less than 0.2% of fluorescent diamonds submitted to GIA exhibit this effect.
Because of the possible(extremely rare) haze effect. The industry has labeled fluorescence a negative feature that gets a discounted price. You can expect a 2% to 16% savings.
I SEE DIAMOND FLUORESCENCE IN A POSITIVE LIGHT! If you recall, yellow is the most common color found in diamonds. And BLUE is a complimentary color. Diamond Fluorescence can give your yellow color diamond a white appearance. Hence giving you incredible value if purchasing a K-J color Stone.
I see nothing wrong with fluorescence. If you are buying a lower color diamond, I recommend a medium to strong fluorescence. If you want to splurge with a high color, understand that the blue may stand out. You don’t want to buy a D-F color diamond with strong fluorescence. Anything under H is a go! The lower the color grade the stronger the florescence can be to help cancel out the yellow. I have had clients think it looks beautiful and prefer it. It goes down to preference. Remember read my diamond color article to learn each diamond shape has an ideal color scale. In a interesting twist, Brian Gavin made a speciality line called Blue. Its beaitfully cut, strong blue diamonds. Click image below to learn more. Interesting way to save and have a unique diamond.
Recommended Places To Buy
For me to recommend any business, they must meet certain criteria. They must prove valuable to my clients in regards to savings and selection| EXPECT 20%-40% LOWER PRICES THAN TRADITIONAL JEWELERS |, time doing business(legitimacy), reputation, and return policy. I have chosen the top 3 online vendors on the world wide web. If other sites weren’t chosen its because either their pricing was higher, had inferior diamonds with inferior certifications and were unknown. Feel free to read more about the reason online has the most value HERE. I highly recommend to visit all three businesses, find your favorite diamond in each and compare your findings. Each have pros and cons, but each site has beautiful Diamonds at great prices.
James Allen is my favorite vendor. They revolutionized the ability to get the clearest image of a Diamond with a 360 degree HD image/video and a zoom in up to 40x on all their Diamonds. This without question leaves no doubt on what you are buying. I argue the ability to see your diamond more clearly than in a physical retail store is a massive plus for you. They have incredible prices that I will easily beat retail store pricing. They have an a amazing 30 day Free no hassle return policy and have been in business for over ten years with countless positive reviews from real customers. The only Con is they are slightly limited in the search filtering ability. Blue Nile has a deeper way of filtering certain attributes. Click on this link or Picture to search their inventory.
Blue Nile was the original online giant that opened in 1999! They probably have the largest selection. In the past they didn’t have images of their inventory but because of James Allen , they were forced to adapt and they now have a large amount of their inventory with images. There viewing technology is not as good as James Allen but its still clear and one can evaluate a Diamond with confidence. Blue Nile has an incredible 30 day free return policy as well that is insured. The only Con is they do not have AGS certified goods on their site. This isn’t an issue for round diamonds but very helpful with fancy shapes like Princess, Cushion, Oval etc… Click on this link or the Blue Nile Logo to see their inventory.
Brian Gavin opened in 2009. He is a 5th generation Master Diamond Cutter. He is an authority when it comes to crafting Hearts & Arrows Diamonds and is well respected in the industry. The company sells reasonably priced diamonds. An excellent brilliant Cut grade is the focus of Brain Gavin and its his biggest PRO. Many stones are AGS Certified with excellent cuts and this is helpful with fancy cut diamonds(Princess, Cushion,Emerald, etc). A negative is a 15 day return policy. Most will prefer more time however its still a respectable amount of time. A client should know quickly if pleased with a purchase. There are also some exceptions to certain custom work. Feel free to dig deeper in the about section of his site as it may not apply to your purchase. Click of the Brian Gavin Logo or this link to see their site.
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