Diamonds: What is laser
inscription on a diamond and what's the advantage of doing
If you want
to feel secure about the identity of your diamond forever, we
recommend having it laser inscribed with your unique message
and/or lab certificate number.
Some laboratories inscribe
the certificate number on the girdle (the outer perimeter of
a diamond), but you may wish to add a personal message of your
own. Personal inscriptions are becoming very popular and are
now available from many sources.
Ask your dealer about
laser inscriptions before you buy. And plan -- it may take an
additional week or more.
Sample Laser Inscription:
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What Is Laser Inscription?
of diamonds is a process of using a very fine, precise laser
beam to write a customized personal message or certificate
number on the outside perimeter of a diamond, called the girdle.
The precise heat of a tiny laser beam transforms a very thin
layer (just a few atoms thick) of the diamond from transparent
carbon crystal (diamond) into opaque carbon (graphite). This
gives the inscription a 3D appearance under a microscope. Laser
inscription is considered permanent since it can only be removed
by a professional diamond cutter.
The laser inscription
is microscopic -- totally invisible to the naked eye.
It can only be seen with a jewelers' 10x magnifying loupe. Laser
inscription does not change the color grade or clarity grade
of a diamond.
Ask for a loupe to see
your inscription or inclusions -- to help identify your diamond
The inscription is considered
permanent but, if needed, the inscription can be removed by a
professional diamond cutter without any change in the weight,
appearance or size of your diamond.
Mounted Stones Stay
in the Mounting
Some labs (we
know at least one) can laser inscribe your mounted diamond in
the ring without taking it out of the setting. This saves
time and greatly reduces the risk of accidental damage that can
occur when a stone is removed from its mounting for inscribing.
has many advantages:
When you take
your diamond ring for setting or repairs, you can identify it
and be certain that you receive the same diamond when you return
to pick it up.
You can engrave
special messages, dates or short sayings. A laser inscription
acts as the perfect, private, permanent memento of the special
Peace of Mind
your investment better than the ability to identify your diamond
without fail, any time. You will feel better knowing that no
one can switch your diamond, whether on purpose or by accident.
companies appreciate the added security measure this provides.
Ask your insurance company about possible discounts on your jewelry
How Much Does It
and every laser lab will charge differently, according to the
technology used and the volume of business. But generally speaking,
you will find that it adds between $40 and $200 to the price,
with larger stones costing more. Ask your dealer for details.
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