What does the clarity indicate?
The clarity of a diamond refers to the presence or absence of internal and external flaws, also known as inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions are internal flaws such as tiny crystals, clouds, or feathers, while blemishes are external flaws such as scratches or chips.
How is the clarity of a diamond graded?
Diamond clarity is graded on a scale from Flawless (FL) to Included (I3), with Flawless being the most valuable and Included being the least valuable. The clarity grading is determined by examining the diamond under 10x magnification and assessing the number, size, location, and visibility of the inclusions and blemishes.
Different types of clarity
1. Flawless diamonds(FL):
These diamonds are completely free of inclusions and blemishes, and are extremely rare and valuable. Internally Flawless (IF) diamonds have no internal inclusions, but may have minor surface blemishes.
2. Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS) diamonds:
VVS Diamonds have tiny inclusions that are difficult to see even under 10x magnification. VVS diamonds are further subdivided into VVS1 and VVS2, with VVS1 having slightly fewer and smaller inclusions than VVS2.
3. Slightly Included (SI) diamonds:
These diamonds have inclusions that are visible under 10x magnification, but are not easily visible to the naked eye. SI diamonds are also subdivided into SI1 and SI2, with SI1 having fewer and smaller inclusions than SI2.
4. Included (I) diamonds:
These have inclusions that are easily visible to the naked eye and may affect the diamond's overall appearance and durability. Included diamonds are further subdivided into I1, I2, and I3, with I1 having fewer and smaller inclusions than I3.
When selecting a diamond, it's important to consider the clarity grade and how it affects the diamond's appearance and value. A diamond with a higher clarity grade will be more valuable and visually appealing, but personal preference and budget should also be taken into account.