Diamond Clarity refers to the presence of imperfections (usually natural) in a diamond. Most diamonds contain some degree of imperfection, and are graded using a diamond clarity scale that runs from FL (meaning flawless) to I (meaning easily visible imperfections). The quality will have an impact on the resulting brilliance and shine of the diamond as well as the overall physical appearance. Several imperfections can also be found in diamonds and these include specks and surface defects. Some of these imperfections naturally occur while some occur during the cutting procedure. As a matter of fact, a completely flawless diamond has no surface blemishes and therefore is extremely rare and obviously more costly.
Diamond clarity is expressed in the following terms:
Flawless (FL) — indicates that diamonds neither have internal nor external blemishes. Essentially, flawless diamond clarity means that the diamonds are perfect in so far as clarity is involved.
Internally flawless (IF) — considering the name, this clarity of diamond grade means that the gem has no internal imperfections but may exhibit minor external ones. More often than not, IF and FL is categorized as one clarity grade.
VVS1 & VVS2 — stands for «Very, Very Slightly included». This means that there are minimal imperfections found on the diamonds. Because such imperfections are minute, even experienced graders will find it hard to see while using their jeweler tools. As expected, flaws for this diamond clarity are almost impossible to detect even by the sharpest unaided pair of eyes. VVS1 diamonds are considered slightly better than VVS2 with both being extremely high clarity of diamond grades with great values.
VS1 & VS2 — refer to «Very Slightly included». Flaws for this category are also minimal but greater than VVS flaws. Such imperfections or not visible to the naked eye.
SI1 & SI2 — are «Slightly Included» categories. Their imperfections are easily spotted through 1x magnification and si2's might even be noticed by the naked eye.
I1, I2, & I3 — is the «Included» category. This means that significant flaws are visible whether within or on the diamond surface. Although quick glances will overlook the flaws, they become obvious through closer inspections even with unaided eyes
The rating of this characteristic is determined by the size, number and location of internal and external inclusions or blemishes. The internal characteristics include crystals, clouds and feathers. External characteristics or surface irregularities are also called blemishes. For grading the diamonds on this characteristic a 10x microscope is used.
Read further to find our recommendations and tips on what clarities to select to find the best diamonds for your budget.
There are many different types of flaws that can appear in a diamond. Below we have listed some of the most common ones.
Since diamonds are a valuable commodity you should not sacrifice their beauty by selecting inferior clarities. Unless perfection is important to you it is not really imperative to spend your budget on higher clarities, however you should not go lower than VS2 for diamonds 0.5 carat and above.
We understand that finding and selecting the right diamond is not an easy task. That's why we have selected to offer MAINLY VS2 and better graded diamonds. This way you are ensured that whatever diamond you select on our site will be of a good quality.
If you ever would like to buy a diamond of a lesser clarity, feel free to contact us for our best offer or advice.
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