Clarity 2017-04-10T16:32:06+00:00

Clarity

Clarity of a diamond describes the purity of the stone, indicating how “clean” the diamond is, or how many characteristics it has.

 The clarity rating is determined by the number, size, nature, and location of the characteristics. Most diamonds have clarity characteristics. The rarity of flawless diamonds is reflected in the price.

Clarity Grades:

FL (Flawless) No internal or external inclusions are visible. The rarity of flawless diamonds is reflected in the price.

IF (Internally Flawless) No internal characteristics visible, may have tiny external irregularities in the cutting finish.

VVS-1 (Very, Very Slightly Included 1) Tiny characteristics very slightly visible under a 10x magnification, to a trained eye.

VVS-2 (Very Very Slightly Included 2) Tiny characteristics very slightly visible under a 10x magnification, to a trained eye.

VS-1 (Very Slightly Included 1) Very small characteristics visible with 10x magnification.

VS-2 (Very Slightly Included 2) Very small characteristics visible with 10x magnification. Characteristics may vary slightly in amount or size to VS1.

SI-1 (Slightly Included 1) Small characteristics visible with 10x magnification.

SI-2 (Slightly Included 2) Several small characteristics visible with 10x magnification.

I-1 (Included 1) Characteristics are visible to the naked eye.

I-2 (Included 2) Many characteristics decrease the brilliance of the diamond and are visible to the naked eye.

I-3 (Included 3) Many characteristics are visible to the naked eye. Brilliance and structure of the diamond is compromised, making it prone to easy cracks or chips.

SAY YES TIP:

To preserve the brilliance and structure of the diamond, purchase stones above clarity rating SI-1 (Slightly Included 1).

 Clarity and Cut are the biggest indicators in the price variations of diamonds. To get the most out of your budget, keep in mind that a trained naked eye starts to see inclusions at clarity rating of SI-3 (Slightly Included 3), the average naked eye detects inclusions at clarity rating of I -1 (Included 1).