Laser Drilling: Another Time Bomb?

The Federal Trade Commission’s revised Guides for the Jewelry Industry say it’s OK to sell diamonds with laser drill holes and not tell anyone about them. The 1997 regulations state that “if a diamond has been treated, it is unfair or deceptive not to disclose that the diamond has been treated and that the treatment is not or may not be permanent.” But laser drilling is not considered a treatment; hence, no disclosure is needed. The FTC and some members of our industry call laser drilling a normal part of the fashioning process, “an extension of cutting.” The agency notes that “the channel left by the laser is often just one of several or numerous 'natural’ cracks, inclusions or grain.” That’s debatable, since laser drill holes and tubes obviously are manufactured by humans, not nature. Further, laser-drilled diamonds are not always imperfect gems with “numerous c
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