It's a corrective process that takes a natural diamond with a visible imperfection and makes the imperfection invisible to the naked eye. The imperfection remains in the diamond but it can no longer be seen. A more technical explanation would be to insert a microscopic amount of material into the part of the diamond that contains the feather. This material has the same optical and refractive index properties as the diamond itself. When light travels from one medium to another, it either changes its course or reflects in a different direction. When light attempts to pass through a non-enhanced diamond that has a visable feather, the light hits the feather and reflects off in any number of directions. That is why we see the feather, and the diamond doesn't appear to be eye clean. With a Clarity Enhanced diamond, the light passes through the natural feather because the material used for the enhancement has the same optical characteristics as the diamond. The beam of light traveling through the same material (diamond) and continues its original course.
Who Invented This Clarity Enhancement Process?
In 1982, a famous Israeli scientist discovered a way to enhance the clarity of diamonds. The revolutionary process optically eliminates "feathers", which are naturally occurring in most diamonds. The results are diamonds that once were considered lower quality for gem use can now be Clarity Enhanced and made attractive and affordable to a wider range of consumers. Clarity Enhanced Diamonds are totally natural and come from the same diamond mines as all other natural diamonds. The clarity enhancement process is not visible to the naked eye. Only your trained jeweller will ever know that you own a natural Clarity Enhanced Diamond.
Does Clarity Enhancement "Change" A Diamond In Any Way?
No, it is still a natural diamond....it just looks better. The amount of material used to fill the feather is so microscopic that even the world's greatest diamond laboratory, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has reported that clarity enhancement process adds ZERO WEIGHT to a diamond. Take a look at the before and after pictures below and you be the judge.
Do I need to take care of my Clarity Enhanced Diamond differently than other diamonds?
Absolutely Not. The Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A), after extensive research, has determined that normal wear and tear cannot harm the enhancement. Only if the the diamond is exposed to high heat 1400F+ or strong acids and bases, the enhancement may be reversed. In the extremely rare case that a diamond should lose its enhancement, Diamonds West will re-enhance the diamond at no charge, no questions asked. With each clarity enhanced diamond sold, Diamonds West provides a Lifetime Guarantee Certificate.
As a result, Diamonds West can offer you visually stunning diamond for the price of 30-50% less then similar looking non-enhanced diamonds. You can either save your hard earned money or purchase a bigger, more beautiful diamond.