Inclusions: Don’t Say It Like It’s a Bad Thing!

You may have heard it said that inclusions in gemstones are undesirable. When discussing diamonds, you may have a point. That said, in almost all other settings, inclusions are actually a good thing. Occasionally, they are a much sought-after look.

What are Inclusions?

When you imagine that gemstones formed over decades, hundreds or even thousands of years, consider the typical inclusion to be a bit of foreign matter that the crystals of the stone adhered to during formation. Some pieces are so small that you can only see them with a microscope. Others are a bit larger and allow for observance with a jeweler’s loupe. Still others are bigger, and you can see them with the naked eye.

When Inclusions become Valuable

Look closely at this Edwardian platinum ring with a demantoid garnet. It comes from around 1910. The setting displays stunning filigree work that leads the eye to the cushion-cut, green garnet weighing in at .74cts. When you look closely, you see horsehair inclusions. Sixteen single-cut diamonds weigh a combined .10cts and round out the presentation.
Horsehair inclusions are actually rare in garnets. They consist of tiny splinters of chrysotile, which radiate outward from a center point. To appreciate the beauty of the inclusions more fully, you might need to look at the gem under a microscope. Experts believe that the presence of this “flaw” heightens the value of demantoid garnets far above their flawless counterparts.

Other Jewels Featuring so-called Flaws

Of you have come to appreciate the beauty of inclusions, we have additional pieces that may be of interest. For example, we have a purple amethyst and white pearl ring from the Victorian era. The setting material is 14k yellow gold. The 11.0cts amethyst presents with a cabochon cut and features moderate inclusions that display as darker purple hues. Thirty natural half pearls stud the setting. This ring looks gorgeous on the hand.
Another beautiful piece is our Retro Art Deco pendant with rubies, diamonds and an aquamarine. Artisans used 14k pink gold to design the pendant’s setting. It shows off amazing Art Deco style elements. Five round diamonds, one is full-cut while the other four are single-cut, weigh a combined .05cts. Four pink to red rubies underscore the depth of the pink gold’s tone. The star of the show is an untreated light blue aquamarine that weighs a respectable 27.0cts. It displays natural inclusions that draw the eye. This pendant is a genuinely dramatic piece.
At Peter Suchy Jewelers we are experts in all types of vintage, estate and antique jewelry. We hope you’ll stop by our showroom located at 1137 High Ridge Road in Stamford Connecticut.
Or, hop on over to our top-rated BigCommerce Store where you’ll find all the vintage gemstone jewelry you see here. If you find a listing has ended, please email us at as we may still have the item in stock.

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