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Diamonds that are absolutely clear are the most sought after diamonds and therefore the most expensive.  But many diamonds have Inclusions; scratches, trace of minerals, or other tiny characteristics that can detract from the pure beauty of the diamond.  The independent diamond grading lab (diamond Certificate), GIA or AGS, use a detailed system of rules and standards to summarize the number, location, size, and type of inclusions present in a diamond.

Diamond Clarity Tips and Hints

Diamond Clarity

Diamond Clarity Chart

FL, IF

Flawless, Internally Flawless

Flawless:  No internal or external flaws. Internally Flawless:  No internal flaws.  Very rare and beautiful diamonds.

VVS1, VVS2

Very Very Slightly Included

Very difficult to see inclusions under 10X magnification.  AN excellent quality diamond.

VS1, VS2

Very Slightly Included

Inclusions are not typically visible to the unaided eye. Less expensive than the VVS1 or VVS2 diamond clarity grades.

SI1, SI2

Slightly Included

Inclusions are visible under 10X magnification and may be visible with unaided eye. A good diamond value.

I1, I2, I3

Included

Inclusion are visible.

The Jewelry Hut Expert Diamond Jewelers recommend our valued diamond customers to select an ‘Eye Clean” diamond; one that has no inclusions visible to the unaided eye.  An excellent diamond value, diamond of this clarity are much less expensive than IF clarity or FL clarity diamonds grade and they typically do not contain visible inclusions that detract from the beauty of the diamond. If you are considering an SI clarity grade diamond, then call to speak to The Jewelry Hut Diamond Jeweler who will review the diamond to ensure the inclusions are not visible with the unaided eye.  But if you would rather not compromise on diamond clarity quality and yet are budget conscious, then choose to buy a diamond with a good cut and G or H color.

 

Diamond Clarity Tips and Hints

  1. What is Diamond Clarity?
    Diamond Clarity indicates how clean a diamond is, how many inclusions, such as scratches, trace of minerals, or other tiny characteristics, a diamond has. Diamond Inclusions are important to consider because they can detract from the pure beauty of a diamond.
  2. Does diamond clarity affect a diamond’s sparkle and brilliance?
    The diamond clarity grade has little effect on a diamond’s visible appearance except in larger diamonds. The larger a diamond is, the larger the facet; larger facets expand the visible clarity.  Out of the diamond’s 4 Cs, clarity is considered the least important. It is primarily the precision of the diamond cut that determines how brilliant and sparkling a diamond is.  The better the diamond cut, the less likely you will be able to see diamond’s inclusions.
  3. How diamond Clarity grade is determined?
    The diamond clarity grade is based on the number, size, color, and location of inclusions or blemishes in the gemstone.  The Flawless, FL, grade diamond is given to a stone in which no imperfections can be seen internally (Inclusions) or externally (blemishes) when the diamond is examined with a 10X magnification.  For clarity grading purposes, if an inclusion can not be seen at 10X magnification, then it does not exist.
  4. Are there specific diamond shapes where higher clarity is more desirable?
    Overall, you are less likely to see inclusions as the diamond cut grade of a diamond increases.  However, there are diamond cuts when higher clarity is more desirable.  For example, Asscher Shape Diamonds and Emerald Shape Diamonds both have step facets, which means that the clarity may be more visible in these diamond cut shapes than other diamond cut shapes.  Therefore, for Asscher and Emerald shape diamonds, The Jewelry Hut Diamond Jewelers recommend choosing a VS1 or better clarity to ensure that there will be no visible inclusion in the diamond you are selecting to buy.
  5. What does it mean when a diamond is described as “eye clean”?
    An “eye clean” diamond is referred to a diamond that has no inclusions visible to the unaided eye when viewed from the top down, and at arm’s length.
  6. When buying a 3-Stones diamond ring, Should you keep the same color, cut, and clarity parameters for the side diamonds?
    The Jewelry Hut Expert Diamond Jewelers, for a 3-Stone Diamond Ring, recommend that you choose the same diamond cut grade for each of the diamonds, but diamond color and/or clarity can differ. For diamond color, there will not be a visible difference within three color grades.  For example, Diamond color D, E, or F will each look the same.  For diamond clarity, any clarity VS2 or better will appear the same.

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