Diamond Clarity refers to the presence of imperfections in a diamond. Most diamonds contain some degree of imperfection, and are graded using a scale that runs from FL (meaning flawless) to I (meaning easily visible imperfections). This means the fewer inclusions a diamond has, the greater the clarity and this makes it more valuable.
The quality will have an impact on the resulting brilliance and shine of the diamond as well as the overall physical appearance. 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. The beauty of the diamond is not greatly affected by the actual inclusions as they are either too small to be visible by the naked eye, or they can be hidden when setting the diamond in a ring.
One of the leading labs in the world : the gemological institute of America(GIA) had created a scale to express the clarity grade of a diamond. The following terms are used :
The rating of the clarity characteristics 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. As most flaws are only visible under 10x magnification a microscope is used to do the grading .
There are many different types of flaws that can appear in a diamond. Below we have listed some of the most common ones.
some examples :
Polishing lines : found on a diamond with an IF grading
Feather : general terms used for a break in the diamond
Crystals : minerals trapped inside the diamond
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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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