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What is Transparency?

Transparency, also called pellucidity, is the material property of allowing light to pass through. In mineralogy, another term for this property is diaphaneity.

The DCLA Transparency Grade is the degree to which a diamond transmits light, directly relevant to its ‘cloudiness’ or ‘haziness.’

In other words, it is a comprehensive assessment of light performance based on the quality of the diamond crystal itself.

What affects Transparency?

Diamond transparency can be affected in many ways. Certain types of inclusions, such as clouds and twinning lines, structural phenomena such as graining, and even fluorescence can have an impact on a diamond’s ability to transmit light.

That being said, diamonds of any clarity, fluorescence and cut can in fact have Very Good or Excellent Transparency, making them attractive stones. For example, fluorescence can sometimes give a diamond a ‘milky’ appearance, especially when in sunlight…but this is not always the case. It is quite possible for a fluorescent diamond to have Very Good or even Excellent Transparency.

Diamonds of almost any clarity, fluorescence, and cut can also have Good or Medium Transparency – as said, multiple features contribute to a diamond’s transparency.

The unique DCLA Transparency Grading System now takes all of these features into account to provide an even more comprehensive assessment of your diamond.

  • ExcellentCompletely transparent, no light interruption, no haze or cloud
  • Very GoodTransparent, minimal light interruption, very light haze or cloud, difficult to detect
  • GoodTransparent, some light interruption, slight visible haze or cloud, detectable
  • MediumSemi-Transparent, marked light interruption, moderate haze or cloud, easy to detect
  • PoorSemi-Transparent, very little light passes through, heavy haze or cloud

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The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) recently uncovered an unusually large number of undisclosed synthetic diamonds mixed in with natural melee diamonds, the lab confirmed with Rapaport News on Monday.

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Thursday 17 November, 2016

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Christie’s a pink diamond at its Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on Tuesday at $2 million per carat.

Wednesday 9 November, 2016

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In a surprise announcement, online jeweller Blue Nile has entered into an agreement to be acquired by an investor group managed by Bain Capital Private Equity and Bow Street LLC.

Thursday 3 November, 2016

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