Clarity

Another vital grading characteristic in diamonds is their clarity. This refers to the number, position and size of the inclusions that occur naturally inside diamonds. The fewer and less obvious the inclusions, the more valuable the diamond. Here is an illustration showing the clarity grading scale that has been established by the world™s foremost authority on diamonds, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Note: Diamonds are shown under 10X magnification:

Flawless.

Rarest of all clarities; If a diamond is viewed under 10X magnification and does not exhibit any internal inclusions as well as external blemishes, the diamond is considered Flawless by an experienced diamond grader. If one is seeking the ultimate clarity in their diamond, they shall take into consideration that diamonds in the ultimate in clarity grade are very rare, thus highly prized for their beauty and rarity.

Internally Flawless.

Rarest of all clarities; If a diamond is viewed under 10X magnification and does not exhibit any internal inclusions but exhibits extremely minor external blemishes, the diamond is considered Internally Flawless by an experienced diamond grader. If one is seeking the ultimate clarity in their diamond, they shall take into consideration that diamonds in the ultimate in clarity grade are very rare, thus highly prized for their beauty and rarity.

Very, Very Slightly Included.

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

Very Slightly Included.

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

Slightly Included.

If a diamond is viewed under 10K magnification and exhibits small inclusions anywhere in the diamond and external blemishes may be present, the diamond is considered Slightly included (SI) by an experienced diamond grader. 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 a great value.

Included.

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

It is these inclusions or blemishes that give each diamond its own unique fingerprint, making your particular diamond truly yours. In fact, the independent grading report that comes with every diamond we sell will show a diagram indicating any characteristic and blemishes your diamond may have, as well as their location. View a Grading Report.

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