The plot thickens!
People LOVE to look at diamond plots.
They like to judge a diamond by looking at the map of inclusions and flaws, and use it to rule out some diamonds before they even see them with their own eyes.
“That stone has too many imperfections!”
But you know what?
That’s a bad way to buy a stone.
For the plot lies!
The diamond plot is not very accurate or factual when it comes to diamond beauty.
For there are many things that a plot can’t tell you…
They can’t tell you anything about cut, of course. You can’t tell if a stone is shallow or deep. You have no idea what the symmetry looks like (because the plot is not an actual drawing of that particular stone, it’s a generic round diamond with the flaws of that stone mapped out).
The plot can’t tell you if the facets are rippled, wavy or blurry (which can really hinder light and appearance).
It also can’t tell you what the body tone of the stone is? White, yellow, brown?
The plot can’t tell you if a diamond looks milky from fluorescence. That’s something you have to see to believe.
But more importantly, the flaws themselves…
Here’s some examples:
- The plot can’t tell you the color of the inclusions (black, white?)
- The plot can’t tell you if a flaw is visible to the bare eye or not.
- The plot can’t tell you if one inclusion is being mirrored or repeated throughout the stone (one flaw could look like 8).
- The plot can’t tell you if an inclusion is right under the table, or deeper in the stone.
- The plot can’t tell you if the flaws weaken the stone.
- The plot can’t tell you if an inclusion is only seen from a side-view (as in an SI2 diamond).
- The plot can’t tell you if every flaw is marked on the diagram (some aren’t).
- The plot can’t tell you how the inclusions face up (one little dotted circle could mean a gigantic cloudy area, or that the diamond is cracked, or dark…)
- the plot can’t tell you if the inclusions are being hidden by sparkle.
So you see, just by looking at the marks on a plot (red marks indicate internal flaws and green marks indicate external flaws), it really doesn’t tell you much.
You’ll have no idea if the clarity, cut or color is fine. You can’t tell by a flat drawing if a diamond is beautiful or not.
There’s only one way to do that…
View the stone!
That’s always the first step to buying a diamond. View the stone. See how it really sparkles. And then, and only then, should you view it closer. Look at the plot, then scope the stone under 10x magnification to find those flaws and see if they’re distracting or if they’re just a great identifier.
Because inclusions can be a mystery. Some look hideous drawn out, but the diamond is still breathtaking.
Other times, one little flaw can throw the whole stone off.
Judge the stone with your eyes. You just never know.
That’s what truly matters.
The plot, the microscopic inclusions, that’s all secondary…
Because the real show stopper is the brilliance and fire.
(Like the diamond plot shown above is an I1, F… Those flaws are eye-visible, but the diamond is still stunning! See the actual diamond here.)
And that, my friends, is most certainly NOT a plot twist.