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Irradiated Colored Diamonds

Irradiated colored diamonds are genuine diamonds that show colors after being exposed to a strong radiation treatment. The diamonds quickly becomes inert after the treatment has finished. The diamond is then heated to effect an overall coloration.

The Truth about Irradiated Diamonds:

  1. Irradiated diamonds do not become radioactive.
  2. Irradiated diamonds are not lab created diamonds, they are natural real diamonds
  3. The color will not fade, it penetrates the entire diamond

When performing repair work or sizing, the diamond should not be subject to intense heat, which would cause the color to change. However the diamond will never lose its overall coloration and become near colorless again. It is possible to repair or work on a ring successfully without having to ever heat the diamonds again, which is what we recommend. If a jeweler or goldsmith works on the ring, and they are not aware of its irradiation, you should inform them that the diamonds have been irradiated. That way they can take steps to care for the color. We will always be happy to perform any repair or sizing on our rings.

Did you Know?
About the Kimberley Process


The Kimberley Process (KP) is a joint governments, industry and civil society initiative to stem the flow of conflict diamonds – rough diamonds used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments. The trade in these illicit stones has fuelled decades of devastating conflicts in countries such as Angola, Cote d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone.

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) imposes extensive requirements on its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free’. As of November 2008, the KP has 49 members, representing 75 countries, with the European Community and its Member States counting as an individual participant

 

(More info http://www.kimberleyprocess.com)

 

 

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