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Surface Blemishes of a Diamond

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Surface Blemishes of a Diamond

Blemish vs. Inclusion
A blemish and an inclusion are two different kinds of flaws in a diamond. The best way to differentiate a blemish and an inclusion is to understand where the type of flaw is found. A blemish is found on the surface of the diamond while an inclusion is found on the inside. Read on to learn more about the blemishes found on the surface of the diamond. Some people desire a blemish on their diamond as it helps set it apart from the rest of the gems in the world and allows them to call it one of a kind!

A natural is a section on the surface of the diamond that hasn’t been fully polished. In many cases, a natural is left along the girdle of the diamond in order to produce a larger carat stone. In most cases a natural doesn’t impact the clarity grade or quality of the diamond as long as it’s present only on the girdle of the gem.

A trigon is another type of natural that gives off the appearance of a triangle. In some cases a trigon will look like a numerous amount of triangles within other triangles. It may be impossible to count the number of triangles, or trigons, within this type of blemish. For some, this kind of blemish may be desired as it adds another layer of uniqueness to the stone.

Polishing Lines
Polishing lines occur during a diamond cutter’s cutting and polishing process. Typically, a polishing line isn’t as noticeable as long as it is on the pavilion of the diamond. However, they may be more visible on other portions of the diamond depending on where they’re located.

Pits are like tiny holes on the surface of the diamond. While some pits aren’t noticeable, if they’re located on the table (the top) of the diamond, it may degrade the clarity of the diamond as it is far more visible. Depending on the diamond and the pit’s depth, it may be able to be polished away completely.

Scratches are fine lines on the surface of the diamond. They are given this name because they can appear like tiny scratches. In many cases these can be polished away, but only if the stone has been removed from its setting.

Nicks are areas of the diamond that have physically chipped away. Like scratches, nicks can be carefully polished away if they are not too severe. This, alongside other polishing attempts to remove a blemish, creates another facet on the gem.

Be wary of fixing too many blemishes on the surface of your diamond. By polishing your gem too many times, you may actually ruin the quality of the diamond. If you find a blemish in your diamond and wish to have it removed, give us a call today. We can help advise you about whether or not it is wise to fix any blemishes on your diamond.