What are inclusions in gems?

What are Gemstone Inclusions? Simply put, an inclusion is any material that is trapped inside of another mineral while that mineral forms. For example, crystals, liquid or gas bubbles, or even fractures caused by radioactive material in the host material may comprise gemstone inclusions.

What is a crystal inclusion?

A crystal inclusion is quite literally a mineral crystal that is contained within the diamond. Depending on the type of minerals they are, they can be colorless (this is when another diamond is embedded within the diamond), black (carbon), reddish (garnets), greenish (peridots) etc.

What stones have inclusions?

Needles, clouds, fluids, and crystals are examples of inclusions typically found in natural gemstones. Synthetic gems generally have inclusions specific to their method of growth.

What are inclusions in jewelry?

Inclusions are internal features within a gemstone, often small enough to require a microscope for viewing. This term usually refers to foreign materials in gemstones like guest crystals, fluids, and gasses.

What causes inclusions in diamonds?

Inclusions are small imperfections within a diamond that are created due to the extreme pressure and heat that diamond’s experience when they form. Almost all diamonds have inclusions; in fact, perfectly flawless diamonds are so rare that most jewelers will never see one.

Can an inclusion in a diamond get worse?

No, diamonds cannot develop inclusions. No, inclusions don’t magically grow. Flaws don’t get bigger, change, transform, shrink, move, shift, darken or suddenly appear…

Which diamond inclusion is a deal breaker?

A “feather” inclusion is basically a nice-sounding name for a crack/break in the diamond. When they are large in size and located near the girdle, they can present a durability problem as a hard impact can cause cleavage to occur.

Can diamond inclusions get worse?

What are the different types of inclusions in diamonds?

It comes in various shapes and colors which is dependent on the specific mineral that is trapped within the gem. Reddish crystal inclusions are usually garnets, and on rare occasions, you can also see a greenish inclusion also known as Peridot. The golden rule for crystal inclusions is to only choose the white ones.

What makes a diamond a Si2 inclusion Diamond?

The visible white cloud in this excellent cut diamond makes it a SI2 gem. You may have noticed that inclusion names are short and punchy. It’s a great way to remember what they are upon first glance. The “cloud” is named as such because of its white color and hazy appearance.

Why does a diamond inclusion have a needle shape?

As its name suggests, a needle is a long thin crystal inclusion that is usually white or translucent. Because of extreme pressure when it was formed, a crystal turns into a needle shape instead of the typical circle. Such flaws are usually invisible to the naked eye.

How do you remove inclusions from a diamond?

The cutter uses a laser to drill a microscopic tunnel into a diamond and remove a black internal inclusion. In the clarity plot, the laser drill hole will be indicated by a red point surrounded by a green circle. If the drill hole in the surface of the gem isn’t evident, you’ll see “Internal laser drilling is present” in the comments section.