"Are these fake diamonds?"
"Oh, look at that! Sweet!"
Well. MY reaction was disbelief. I thought it was a trick of my eyes the first time I saw the two second-biggest diamonds on my ring faintly glowing as the hubs and I were out camping.
That was a couple months ago.
I had all but forgotten about that faint glow.
And then we went black-light mini golfing yesterday.
And this is what I saw.
My diamonds. Unmistakably glowing.
Here's a closer shot.
So I did a bit of research.
It turns out that a fair few diamonds have varying degrees of florescence. In fact, it is a characteristic found in many gemstones, not just diamonds. Sometimes the florescence is strong enough that you can see it, like with my diamonds. Sometimes it is so faint that you don't see it at all.
A blue glow (such as the one in my diamonds) is the most common, but some diamonds glow orange or yellow. Florescence can either raise or lower a diamond's worth. If blue florescence is found in a slightly-yellow diamond, it can cancel the yellow out and make it seem clear and haze-less!
Florescence (or a lack thereof) does not mean that your diamonds aren't real! It is a quality that diamonds obtain during their formation, and it is neither good nor bad, as long as the florescence does not react with the diamond in a way that makes it cloudy and hazy.
My diamonds are nice and clear in most lights, although they tend to look slightly yellow in bad lighting. In white light or sun light or stage lights though, they are nice and sparkly and clear!
Here's another picture, this time with a combo of normal lighting and black lights so you can see the effect.
I'm so glad that both of the two smaller diamonds glow and not just one of them. Or one of them and the middle diamond. That would drive my OCD nuts!!!!!
Have any of you ladies out there ever noticed florescence in any of your diamonds?
I would love to hear about it.
Florescent diamonds are much more common than you think! Even among higher-grade diamonds!