Q: “What is “clarity”?”
A: “A diamond’s clarity refers to a measure of the tiny imperfections that may be present.”
Most of the time, these imperfections are minuscule and they don’t have as much impact on the look of the diamond as the other characteristics. Imperfections are an integral part of diamonds, apart from the very finest pieces. Diamonds with the minimum number of imperfections have the highest clarity grades. Gemologists have different names for these minute imperfections present in diamonds. They are often referred to as inclusions and blemishes amongst several other names.
Know the Right Clarity for You:
We recommend that you choose an ‘eye clean’ diamond. This means imperfections are invisible to the naked eye. You will find these diamonds are less expensive than other internally flawless or flawless diamonds. ‘Eye clean’ diamonds are easily available.
Diamonds graded as Slightly IIncluded (SI) may have microscopic imperfections that are not detectable by the naked eye. These diamonds offer great value.
Diamond Clarity Grades:
Without internal or external imperfections. Very rare.
IF Internally Flawless
Without internal imperfections.
VVS1, VVS2 Very, Very Slightly Included
Imperfections are extremely difficult to detect even under a 10x microscope. These are of excellent quality.
VS1, VS2 Very Slightly Included
Imperfections are rarely seen by the naked eye. These are less expensive than those listed above.
SI1, SI2 Slightly Included
Imperfections can be seen with a 10x microscope, and may be seen with the unaided eye. Good value for money.