Clarity

Clarity is the evaluation of a diamond's internal and external characteristics. The fewer inclusions or blemishes, the more desirable the diamond. Two of the most common inclusions (internal blemishes, or those within the diamond) are crystals and feathers. Crystals are merely minerals trapped inside the diamond, whereas feathers are breaks in the diamond. Blemishes are usually very small and are usually found on the surface of diamonds. To locate these tiny characteristics, an American Gem Society member jeweler will use a binocular microscope that magnifies the diamond tenfold. Then, evaluating the size, location, nature, number, and color of all the inclusions and blemishes, a clarity grade from 0-10 is assigned. Zero represents a diamond that is free of any inclusion or blemish when examined by a skilled grader under 10x magnification and proper lighting.

Flawless diamond

Flawless.

The diamond is considered Flawless by an experienced diamond grader if when viewed under 10X magnification, it does not exhibit any internal inclusions or external blemishes. If one is seeking the ultimate clarity for their diamond, they need to take into consideration that flawless diamonds are very rare, and are thus highly prized for their beauty and rarity.

Internally Flawless Diamond

Internally Flawless.

The diamond is considered Internally Flawless by an experienced diamond grader, if a diamond is viewed under 10X magnification, does not exhibit any internal inclusions and only exhibits extremely minor external blemishes. If one is seeking the ultimate clarity for their diamond, they need to take into consideration that flawless diamonds are very rare, and are thus highly prized for their beauty and rarity.

Very Very Slightly Included Diamond

Very, Very Slightly Included.

The diamond is considered Very Very Slightly included (VVS) by an experienced diamond grader, if a diamond is viewed under 10K magnification and exhibits very, very small inclusions anywhere in the diamond and extremely minor external blemishes. If one is seeking a higher degree of perfect clarity they must remember diamonds with this type of clarity grade are still rare and fairly highly prized in beauty.

Very Slightly Included Diamond

Very Slightly Included.

The diamond is considered Very Slightly included (VS) by an experienced diamond grader, if a diamond is viewed under 10K magnification and exhibits very small inclusions anywhere throughout the diamond and small external blemishes. If one is seeking a measured degree of clarity perfection they must remember that diamonds with this type of clarity grade are considered of exceptional value.

Slightly Included Diamond

Slightly Included.

The diamond is considered Slightly included (SI) by an experienced diamond grader, if a diamond is viewed under 10K magnification and exhibits small inclusions anywhere in the diamond and external blemishes may be present. In most cases, SI clarity may not be visible to the naked eye. If one is seeking to purchase a less expensive diamond in clarity, one must remember these types of diamonds with SI clarity grade are considered of great value.

Included Diamond

Included.

The diamond is considered Included (I1) by an experienced diamond grader, if a diamond is viewed under 10X magnification and exhibits noticeable inclusions anywhere in the diamond with external blemishes present. Diamonds with I1 clarity grade have inclusions visible to the naked eye. If one is seeking a less expensive diamond one must remember that diamonds with this clarity grade may still be considered of good value.


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