Many times people ask about the nature of inclusions in diamonds, if they are dangerous, if they affect the durability and performance of the stone and if they are visible. Many question and want to know what they look like close up.  Here are some close up shots of  examples of typical inclusions in a VS2 graded diamond.

Photo micrograph of Diamond Inclusions
Photo micrograph of Diamond Inclusions

Definitions of inclusions.

Cloud –  a tight grouping of pinpoints which might be too small to distinguish individually.
Crystal – mineral crystals which are typically trapped in the rough diamond material when it is forming.
Needle – a thin, elongated crystal that looks like a tiny rod at 10x magnification.
Feather –  is caused by cleavage planes or internal stress fractures that have the appearance of wispy feathers.
  1. Author: Brian Gavin

    Title: Brian Gavin

    Short Bio:

    Brian Gavin, "Brian The Cutter", is an internationally recognized diamond expert and the designer/creator of A CUT ABOVE diamonds - the first branded hearts and arrows diamonds to be sold on the internet in 1999. He co-founded Whiteflash in 2000, and was employed as Executive Vice-President from June 2001 - December 2008. He is also well known for his creativity in jewelry design and photographic techniques, and is sought after for his deep knowledge of all aspects of e-commerce in the diamond and jewelry industry.


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