When it comes to diamond qualities and characteristics, most people naturally gravitate toward the “Four Cs” – cut, clarity, color and carat. And while these are certainly vital factors for any diamond purchase, there are others to consider as well depending on the type of diamond and various other elements involved.
At AAA Jewelers, we’ll happily detail the specific qualities of any of our stunning GIA diamonds, from diamond engagement rings to fashion jewelry and numerous other pieces. One diamond factor to be aware of outside the Four Cs s known as fluorescence – today’s blog will go over this effect, how its graded and how it impacts the appearance and cost of a diamond.
Diamond fluorescence refers to an effect many diamonds take on, emitting a soft glow when exposed to UV light. This effect can be seen in a great number of diamonds – nearly a third of all diamonds produced, in fact.
Diamonds can be fluorescent in a few different colors, with blue being by far the most common of these shades. Other possible colors are green, yellow, red or even white. In rarer situations, fluorescence leads to a milky, hazy or oily appearance in diamonds, but this is far less common than other types.
Fluorescence can occur in several different intensity levels, graded on the following scale:
Many buyers often ask: Does fluorescence raise or lower the value of a given diamond? The answer: It depends. Here are a few diamond scenarios and how fluorescence will impact the appearance and value of said diamonds:
For more on diamond fluorescence, or to learn about any of our engagement rings or other diamond rings, speak to the staff at AAA Jewelers today.