Lovelady Diamond

Jewelry and Gold Buyers
~ Since 1980 ~
Phone: (800) 854-0014
Fax: (408) 358-5339
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Sell your diamonds, jewelry, gold, coins, sterling and platinum safely and competitively.
Lovelady Diamond


Established and Original Owner Since 1980

Serving San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Los Gatos areas as well as the USA via our free shipping kits from our Los Gatos office.

Laser Drill Holes

Example of Etch features

Etch features are often confused with laser drill holes.

Example of reflecting laser drill holes

These reflecting laser drill holes are easily viewed from the pavilion of this diamond.

Laser drill holes

Laser drill holes usually run in obscure directions and locations.

A dealer will frequently choose to laser drill a diamond for the purpose of improving its appearance. Typically a dark colored inclusion that is eye visible, will be drilled by a high-intensity laser beam. After the laser drill hole (LDH) has reached the inclusion, the diamond is then boiled in a very strong acid to remove the darkness, or bleached to lighten the color of the inclusion. Hopefully the person drilling the stone had decided ahead of time on a strategic direction and location for the LDH.

The original laser drill holes were much more noticeable than today's modern drill holes. The old style, going back to about 1970, left a much larger entrance into the surface of the diamond tapering down until it reached the point of destination. Many times the entrance was burned and then had to be polished, which left trailing lines on the surface. Today's LDH is much finer, perhaps the width of a human hair, with a consistent diameter along its length.

Some natural inclusions are mistaken for LDHs; these could include needle-like crystals and etch features. Etch features are highly unusual and can easily be mistaken for LDHs. They can vary in length and usually form straight lines or step-like patterns. They are hollow and when they break the surface of a diamond, their hexagonal or rectangular cross-sections are apparent. Etch features are easiest to pick out by their angular patterns, in contrast to the straight or slightly bent direction of an LDH (bent by refraction).

Sometimes laser drilling doesn't work out as planned when the target is missed, potentially creating multiple drill lines, making the stone worse off than before. Not all stones are candidates for drilling. The shop performing the task will be more than happy to give you their best advice on your particular problem stone.

Laser drilling is generally performed in the SI2 to imperfect categories to hopefully raise the clarity by at least one grade or then perhaps the beauty and salability of the stone. Many times it's a trade-off between a dark inclusion or obvious, unnatural-looking drill lines.

The FTC, (Federal Trade Commission), now requires the disclosure of laser drill holes in diamonds. The diamond industry has always considered it a requirement for such disclosure even before the FTC made it so. It is very important to examine all diamonds for this negative characteristic for the purposes of valuation and proper representation for the next buyer. Even in higher clarity diamonds, it is still possible that small, discreet, drill holes are present.

Certification | Diamond Specs | Contact Information

   Selling diamond jewelry to us has always been a safe and seamless process as we have been up to date on market conditions for over 34 years (since 1980). The owner is an author of a self-instructional course and has written many published trade magazine articles in the years past.

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Certification | Diamond Specs | Contact Information

   The owner, Glenn Lovelady, is a diamond cutter and knows diamonds from the rough to the polished. The information on this website alone would qualify as a diamond encyclopedia so be aware that we know this product like very few people do. Be confident that you are dealing with professionals that have many decades of experience.

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   Even though the prices have been very volatile in the metals markets we stay up to date on trends and promise to pay you an extremely competitive price.

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   Timepieces can be a trendy market but we have the knowledge and experience to bid quotes that satisfy our sellers and leave a small profit to run our business. We are not watch snobs so we have expanded broadly outside of the typical "we only buy Patek, Rolex and Cartier" mentality.

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   We are consistently expanding our knowledge and buying power into areas that have been both interesting and very marketable. A few years ago we would have never guessed we would be buying high-end clutch bags and figurines. Feel free to contact us with as much information as possible regarding your valuable small collectible.

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