There are many factors to consider when grading a diamond, one of which is its clarity. Generally, the clarity of a diamond refers to the number of inclusions (imperfections) that can be seen in the stone. This grading method can get a little complicated, so we thought it best to offer some explanation for what you should be looking for.
How Are Diamonds Created?
It is generally understood that in order to understand the clarity of Diamonds, you must first understand how these stones are created in the first place.
Natural diamonds occur after the carbon is exposed to intense heat and pressure. This is a process that can cause a number of inclusions to occur inside the diamond, and thus impact its clarity.
Because of this, man-made diamonds typically show far fewer inclusions than their natural counterparts. However, it is important to remember that this doesn’t mean that man-made diamonds are more sought after or valuable.
The GIA Diamond Clarity Scale
The GIA (otherwise known as the geological society of America) is considered to be one of the leading world authorities when it comes to grading Diamonds. They have created a grading scale that can be used to grade all diamonds sold on the international market.
Roughly, the GIA clarity scale is split into 6 grades: flawless, internally flawless, very very slightly included, very slightly included, slightly included, and included. Some of these grades also split into sub-divisions, making 11 different categories in total.
As you might expect, flawless diamonds (FL) show no visible inclusions or blemishes under 10x magnification. Internally flawless diamonds (IF) show no inclusions under 10x magnification, and very very slightly included stones (VVS1 and VVS2) show inclusions that are so slight that they are difficult to see under magnification.
Very slightly included diamonds (VS1 and VS2) are characterised as minor inclusions that can be seen under magnification, while slightly included stones (SI1 and SI2) have inclusions that are clearly visible. Finally, included stones (I1, I2, and I3) have inclusions that are obvious under magnification.
There is no right stone to pick, it is simply a decision based on your personal preference. At Diamond Boutique, we offer diamonds in every clarity possible, so the choice is literally all yours.
The clarity of your diamond will impact its price, so it's certainly something to consider carefully!
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