Diamond fluorescence refers to the intensity of a coloured glow (usually blue) that is visible when a diamond is exposed to UV light. Under normal daylight, a diamond with a strong fluorescence is likely to look milky and lifeless.
For diamonds with faint or no fluorescence, this does not affect the natural appearance of the diamond but a more fluorescent diamond glows in natural sunlight too and this can be perceived as being undesirable in a white diamond.
The degree of fluorescence can vary as around one-third of all diamonds show some fluorescence, with 95% exuding a blue colour – though green and yellow fluorescence diamonds can also be found, though much rarer than those with a blue hue.
Fluorescence is one indicator or grading variable for a diamond, but its presence does not necessarily affect how a diamond looks.
Fluorescence ranges from none through faint to medium, strong and very strong. A strong and very strong fluorescence can sometimes give the diamond a milky appearance which is why at Taylor & Hart we only offer diamonds of “none”, “faint” and “medium” fluorescence and in particular, we recommend fluorescence of “none” and “faint”.
Our consultants are available to help you to better understand the importance of fluorescence in a diamond and how it can affect the look and feel of your diamond ring.