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An LC diamond is a "lab created" diamond. It is a real diamond, but it is not a natural diamond. Think real pearls versus cultured. Lab created gem quality diamonds are just now entering the market. There are not a lot of them out there yet, but you'll see more and more as time goes on.

 

Are they the best quality you can get? Well, they have no inclusions in them the way that natural stones do, so they are cleaner goods. But since quality is subjective depending on who you are, you can't say definatively that they are the "best." They are if YOU think they are. And they aren't if I think they aren't.

 

Personally, I want a natural diamond on my finger. Why? Because I do. No other reason. I might go for lab created goods though for earrings, especially since I'd be more likely to lose them and so wouldn't be out as much money.

 

You have to make your own decision about LC diamonds.


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https://www.77diamonds.com/diamond-clarity-grading.htmlF

Flawless or Internally Flawless: FL or IF (LC)

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Flawless and Internally Flawless certified diamonds are extremely rare. The difference between the two is that internally flawless diamonds (IF), like the FL, are 100% flawless from the inside but IF diamonds will contain surface graining on the outside. These are not technically considered a flaw, but consist in the only point of differentiation between the extremely rare Flawless and the very rare IF clarity grades. FL or IF diamonds may also be referred to as 'LC,' meaning "Loupe Clean".

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@agustinar You are correct on the abbreviation (though I disagree on the use of the words "flaw" and "flawless"), but I somehow doubt a 15 year old thread is going to attract much attention...

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Hi David Levi,

Many thanks for the welcoming greeting :-)

I came across this forum because I searched information on LC, I got the answer from one site below, the rest are not satisfactory.

Then I read the above info here and wondering why one said it's an abbreviation of Lab Created diamond, while the other website saying that LC is an equal comparison to IF.

Hope I can get the clarification from the experts somehow.

https://www.77diamonds.com/diamond-clarity-grading.html

Flawless or Internally Flawless: FL or IF (LC)

edufi

Flawless and Internally Flawless certified diamonds are extremely rare. The difference between the two is that internally flawless diamonds (IF), like the FL, are 100% flawless from the inside but IF diamonds will contain surface graining on the outside. These are not technically considered a flaw, but consist in the only point of differentiation between the extremely rare Flawless and the very rare IF clarity grades. FL or IF diamonds may also be referred to as 'LC,' meaning "Loupe Clean".

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I have never seen "LC" used as an abbreviation for lab-created; take the advice of an anonymous user with 40 posts from 15 years ago for what it is...

HRD uses "Loupe Clean" to cover the FL/IF range (and I personally find the term "loupe clean" much more descriptive of what it is: increase magnification from 10 to 50x, and flaws will appear!).

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