Flawless Thinking

By: Jeffrey M. Bertman Graduate GemologistSome may argue that the pursuit of perfection is a futile exercise because it does not exist, but tell that to the person who recently paid $30.6 million (including commission) for a “flawless” white diamond the size of a small egg. The new owner of the 118-carat white diamond could convincingly contend that, if perfection is to be found, it would probably be found in the form of a large, magnificently transparent, beautifully cut, flawless mineral with the reputation of being the hardest naturally occurring material on the planet. The diamond weighed 299 carats in the rough when discovered in Africa in 2011. It is the largest and most significant such diamond graded by the Gemological Institute of America.Clarity is one of the four Cs of diamond grading which is determined by inclusions. Most inclusions that affect the clarity and are present in gem-quality diamonds do not affect the diamonds’ performance or structural integrity. However, large clouds may affect a diamond’s ability to transmit and scatter light. Large cracks close to or breaking the surface may also reduce a diamond’s resistance to fracture. Shop from our large selection of quality and brilliant diamond jewelry at 1402 Hancock Street, Quincy Center. Or reach us at 617-773-3636


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