Wow, thank you for all of the helpful responses!
I mentioned the flashlight because I had read somewhere about Better than Diamonds shipping them out with new Amora?Mira? purchases. I didn't remember when they said they would start doing it, so I wrote "is/was" in my original post. I didn't say that I got a flashlight with mine, just that when I read that they would be shipped that way, I should have made the connection that it was the company's way of saying that the stones need specific lighting conditions to look colorless.
I question whether something could be changing with daily wear. It is either that or I am getting more sensitive to the color. Any thoughts?
Hi again,Re: flashlight
I really wish you would just remove that because you continue to make false statements regarding it, and it's distracting from the real issue of concern that we are trying to help you with.
The flashlight was designed as an option to allow people to see the sparkle factor by providing a higher intensity lighting to view it under. If someone receives the stone and views it under poor lighting, then they may think it is not as sparkly as it actually is - therefore, the idea was to provide higher quality lighting with the stone to let them see it's light handling regardless if they receive the stone on a rainy day or in fluorescent lighting, etc.
It is not, and never was, designed to be a way to make the stone look 'colorless'.
Amora enhanced is *not* colorless - it is near colorless.
Amora Gem and Asha are true colorless, and the flashlight was going to be shipped with both...so why would we ship a flashlight for these if it's purpose was to make a colorless stone look...colorless?
Anyway, we did not move forward with it and currently the only plan for any flashlights may be for Amora GEM...which again is colorless, so the intent is not at all to make it look...colorless, because it already is.
Thus, if you keep saying that we are (or plan to be) shipping flashlights as a way to trick people into thinking the Amora enhanced is colorless (which it is not, it is near colorless) then you are in fact making false statements and stating that we are trying to deceive people, which we are not.
Since I'm sure that is not your intent, I really suggest you simply drop the flashlight issue entirely since you are not correct there, and lets focus on your stone at hand.Back to the actual issue:
And back to the actual item of concern - you asked whether the stone could take on more color over time with daily wear.
The stone itself cannot - it is one of the 4 hardest materials on the planet and it will not change color.
However, it is *possible* that you have built up hard water deposits over time on the stone, and that may impart some tinting to it.
To wit - some time ago we had a customer claim that their colorless Asha had turned yellow. That made no sense, so we had them send the stone back in - it turned out they had built up significant hard water deposits on the underside of the stone and it was tinting it slightly yellow.
A proper cleaning and it was back to colorless again.
Hard water deposits can be very hard to remove - a soak in pure vinegar is a good start as it will react with the calcium and slowly remove.
However, if your stone continues to look 'fantastic' as you noted in certain lighting conditions, but yellow in others (esp. diffuse outdoor lighting) then I don't think that is the issue.
As some other posters have referenced, we had to start screening with a dichroscope in order to ferret out which stones were going to exhibit secondary color in odd lighting scenarios - we started doing that in August 2011.
If you purchased prior to that, then it may not have been caught and may show more yellow than it should (or that we would expect) and if that is the case then we can look at an exchange for you with a post August 2011 stone.
Hope that helps,