Are inclusions in stones always a bad thing?

Are inclusions in stones always a bad thing?

When shopping for a diamond or other clear stone, we usually like stones that do not show any inclusions to the naked eye. Most people prefer a clear stone that is well cut and polished. The absence of inclusions is further defined within the 4’c as “Clarity”. However, the presence of inclusions is not always a bad thing.

A diamond or other stone that has an internal characteristic or inclusion can give us insight into how it was created. And, in a few rare cases, the inclusion may even add value to the stone because of how unique the inclusion is, such as the shape, size or color of the inclusion(s).


This picture shows a cube shaped clear quartz stone that has been polished on all six sides. Inside the stone crystal is a collection of connected light blue needles. From a distance it seems to resemble the floating seed canopy of a dandelion. These needle-like inclusions were created within the stone under great pressure, heat, and time. Stones that contain such beautiful features are truly unique from all other stones. This quartz was shaped and polished specifically to show off the incredible display of blue needles as being this stone’s greatest asset.

The really amazing thing that an inclusion or two offers is verification that no two diamonds, or any other stone, are exactly the same. Just like people, all gemstones are different and unique from one another. So, the next time you shop for a diamond or other stone, ask the jeweler if they could magnify the stone so that you can see its internal characteristics or inclusions. I think you will be surprised at just how amazing inclusions can be.

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