Cost, carat, color, manufacturer, and other considerations must all be taken into account when purchasing a diamond. You can come across a diamond that hits every note, but something is off. The diamond has a dark speck that detracts from its flawless appearance. For many people who are looking for beautiful engagement rings, black spots can be a deal-breaker. They will often look for diamonds that have the best clarity grade. Many of them are even choosing lab-grown diamonds because of their better clarity.
What Exactly Are Black Spots?
A carbon defect is a black blemish in a diamond. Diamonds are entirely formed of crystallized carbon, and the black spots are caused by carbon that is never fully crystallized. They’re not man-made faults; they’re a natural element of the diamond’s structure. One of the most prevalent inclusions is black spots, and practically every diamond has some type of internal imperfection. A black stain on a diamond does not make it unusable, nor does it make it difficult to live with.
Since diamonds reflect and refract the light at varying angles, their visibility is often dependent on the lighting they are exposed to. The black spots on a diamond, unlike other flaws, do not compromise the gem’s integrity. They have no effect on the diamond’s strength. Instead, they are a part of the gem’s structural integrity, and attempting to remove them could cause the gem to degrade.
Is It Possible To Remove Black Spots?
It’s understandable that people want to get rid of black carbon spots in diamonds. There are methods for reducing the appearance of black spots or, in some circumstances, completely removing them, however, these methods impair the diamond’s structural integrity. It’s impossible to buff or polish black spots out of a diamond since they’re an inclusion, which means they appear on the inside of the stone. The diamond’s surface must be broken, which invariably results in cracks or holes in the gem, weakening it.
Laser drilling is the most popular method for removing a black carbon defect. The dark spot is drilled with a laser to create a small hole. The black spot is then burned away by heat or acid flowing through this channel. The dark spot is now gone, leaving an empty space. The diamond’s defense is weakened in certain areas and the diamond can break and splinter if struck too forcefully or at an incorrect angle.