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Appraising fractured filled diamonds

Well, it looks like we just came across our first fractured filled
diamond. How is this type of diamond appraised?? Since GIA doesn’t
recognized this, do we give the stone back to the owner informing
them this stone is filled?? Any experience with this? Please

thanks penoir

Well you absolutely have to tell the owner it’s filled. And valuing
it shouldn’t be too hard. Just call one of the companies that make
the things and get a price from them.

Daniel R. Spirer, G.G.
Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers, LLC
1780 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140

On a fracture filled diamond, give the stone an “apparent” clarirty
and color grade, noting that it is impossible to tell for sure what
the actual clarity is. The difference between an I1 and I2 is the
affect the inclusions have on beauty OR durability. Who knows how
badly beauty is affected with a fracture-filled. Value would be the
original value of the diamond plus the cost of filling.


Of course I told the customer; she wasn’t too happy about it either;
she took it back promptly and left. My husband and I felt that there
was something more going on here… oh well, glad to be rid of it. I
must admit though, it was pretty cool to look at; I’m sure it won’t
be our last.

Thanks for the input. penoir