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Fluorescent Diamonds - What is Diamond Fluorescence and What Causes It?

Jun 6, 2008
Buying a diamond is a big step for many individuals. There are many key factors which one needs to know before simply pointing out a gemstone and pulling out their wallet to pay for the item. Some may think that the only thing they need to know about the diamond is what it looks like and how much it costs.

Although these are both important factors, there is a whole lot more which goes into buying this type of gemstone. One concept which many may be unfamiliar with is that of fluorescence. The concept of fluorescent diamonds will be described below so as to provide individuals with a better understanding of this topic.

Definition and Causes of Diamond Fluorescence

Fluorescent diamonds are ones which seem to change their color depending on the type of light to which they are exposed. The ultraviolet light from the sun as well as fluorescent lighting will make the stone change its appearance when under these conditions. Fluorescence is detailed on diamond grading reports in a few different ways.

The grading report will describe the level of fluorescence as well as provide the color which is emitted when under ultraviolet light or in fluorescent lighting conditions. The main colors which fluorescent diamonds produce include blue, white and yellow.

Issues Associated with Fluorescent Diamonds

Fluorescent diamonds are not bad things to have in and of themselves. In fact, depending on the type of fluorescence, a diamond may actually have more appealing traits in the end. However, there are a few issues surrounding fluorescence. First, an individual may not know what their diamond really looks like until they purchase it and get it home. The light at home may make the diamond look different from how it looked in the store.

Secondly, certain fluorescent stones will be worth more than other types of fluorescent diamonds so it is important to know about the fluorescence aspect up front. This will help the consumer to find a diamond which is not only the perfect color for them but also the perfect price when viewed alongside the type of fluorescent diamond. In general, a blue fluorescent diamond will often be worth more than one which has a yellow fluorescence to it.

Ways to Discover More About Diamond Fluorescence

Since fluorescence can affect the overall appearance of a diamond, it is important that one learns as much about fluorescence as possible. There are a few ways in which one can gather information about this subject and be prepared when it comes time to make your purchase.

The first way to learn about fluorescence is to use the Internet or books to research the topic. Although it can be a bit difficult to understand in the beginning, it is not an overly exhaustive process to learn about this subject. Once one gains the initial insight into fluorescence, learning about it is quite easy.

Another way to find out more about fluorescence in general as well as the fluorescent aspects of a particular diamond is to inquire with the jeweler who is selling the item. Ask if the jeweler can describe the concept and show different examples of how a diamond will look underneath different types of lighting.

This is a great way to determine if the diamond which you are considering purchasing is one which will give off the best possible color in all lighting conditions. In addition, one should ask to see the diamond grading report to determine the fluorescence level and color of a particular diamond.
About the Author
James Greene is a Graduate Gemologist and Master Gemologist Appraiser. James has been in the jewelry and appraisal business for over 25 years and specializes in Insurance and estate appraisals. http://www.diamondmarketwatch.com
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