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Dear Members of the forum.I own a natural fancy purplish pink diamond(0,20 cts) certified by G.I.A.( Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report).The problem is that this diamond is I3 scale and i am wondering if clarity enhanched treatments such as laser drilling or crack filling or even both could reduce consumers willing to buy it

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Laser drilling doesn't usually help an I3 and it adds the 'treatment' disclaimer to ther report. I definitely wouldn't do it.

 

As with the above, glass filling doesn't usually help the look of I3's all that much and it adds that disclaimer for treatment. It even loses you the GIA branding since they won't grade filled stones. For the vast majority of buyers, that's a total deal killer. Your biggest selling point is that it's a natural stone and you (or somebody) paid GIA good money to write a report about that. I wouldn't mess with it if it were me.

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...the clarity is clearly the reason the diamond got a "half-cert" (not a complete grading report, but just colour and origin). However, particularly with pinks poor clarity is the norm and truly clean stones are rare and expensive. I would think your stone is worth more as a natural, untreated pink than with any gunk in it.

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Dear A-List Jeweler / Appraiser and all,  I am new and in the market for some pink diamonds and have seen some intensely coloured ones I like, which unfortunately only have the 'colour ID and origin' GIA certificate as well.  

 

Is it common for jewellers to request for what A-list Jeweler labelled as a 'half-cert' from the GIA with knowledge of less than desirable clarity?  I have been advised that sometimes these 'half-cert's are requested or presented by GIA due to the diamond's rare intensity levels, that the colour far outweighs the clarity in those pieces... What if it's an P1 on an intensely coloured ( PP2 / PP3) piece?  Does the colour really considerably outweigh it's clarity on a small dainty piece around 015ct? How would the value of such diamonds hold?

 

Thanks all.

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Dear A-List Jeweler / Appraiser and all,  I am new and in the market for some pink diamonds and have seen some intensely coloured ones I like, which unfortunately only have the 'colour ID and origin' GIA certificate as well.  

 

Is it common for jewellers to request for what A-list Jeweler labelled as a 'half-cert' from the GIA with knowledge of less than desirable clarity?

Yes, it's pretty common.

 

I have been advised that sometimes these 'half-cert's are requested or presented by GIA due to the diamond's rare intensity levels, that the colour far outweighs the clarity in those pieces...

Nothing to do with GIA - it's an explicit choice made by whoever submits the diamond. GIA will grade and print what they are paid to grade and print independent of whether they think it's a good idea to have a half cert or not.

 

What if it's an P1 on an intensely coloured ( PP2 / PP3) piece?  Does the colour really considerably outweigh it's clarity on a small dainty piece around 015ct? How would the value of such diamonds hold?

 

Thanks all.

It depends on what you mean by "outweigh". In general, in fancy colours, colour (not just the lab's colour grade) matters more than anything, but a fuzzy, highly included stone remains less desirable (and cheaper!) than a transparent, eye-clean one. The key difference is that with D-Z stones changes in clarity grade pretty much determine price (i.e. it's difficult to find an H/VS1 that is cheaper than an H/SI1 - assuming same cut and weight), but in fancy colours it's quite possible to find (say) a Fancy Pink SI1 that is more money than a Fancy Pink VS1. Edited by davidelevi
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 How would the value of such diamonds hold?

 

That kind of depends on what you mean.  The prices of fancy colored diamonds have gone through the roof in the last few years but predicting whether or not that will continue in the NEXT few years is a job for a psychic, not really an appraiser (or a jeweler). 

 

More importantly is the entire concept of retaining value.  If this means what it will cost you to buy compared to what you can get on resale, diamonds are terrible, and fancy colors are even worse than most.  It’s not a problem with the diamonds, it’s a problem with the marketplace.  Pink diamonds are extraordinarily cool little things and I’m definitely not saying to avoid them, but do not go into this expecting to EVER see ANY of your money again.

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