Fire: The amount of color flashing in a diamond caused by the stone splitting white light into the spectrum colors.
Fracture filling: A treatment used to patch cracks in a diamond. These diamonds will not be graded by accredited labs and the treatment by law must be disclosed to a potential buyer.
Irradiation: A treatment that changes the color of a gem by exposing it to radioactive materials.
Inclusion: An internal characteristic, often called an imperfection, in a diamond or gemstone.
Luster: The quality and quantity of light reflecting from the surface of a gemstone.
Make: Refers to a diamond’s overall cut quality.
Melee: Small diamonds (less than 1/5 carat) usually set to accent a center diamond.
Polish: The degree of surface perfection on a diamond.
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Brilliance: the amount of “white light” returning to the eye from a diamond.
Carat weight: The measurement of weight derived from a carob seed which is equal to .20 gram.
Cut: The proportions and finish determined and executed by a diamond cutter.
Fancy color: A rare natural hue found in diamonds. The most highly prized are red, pink, green, blue and yellow.
Fancy shape: A shape other than round, such as pear, marquise, oval, emerald, heart, princess, and radiant.
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