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Clarity of a Diamond

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Clarity is the most misunderstood of the 4Cs of diamond quality (color, clarity, carat weight, and cut). Natural imperfections, known as inclusions or blemishes, are referred to as clarity in diamonds. Size, number, position, nature, and relief all play a role in the degree of clarity. While a flawless diamond isn't necessary, a diamond that is clean to the eye and free of haziness or milkiness is essential. The VS (very slight) to SI (slightly included) range provides the best value and usually guarantees a beautiful face-up appearance for our customers.

Internal and external inclusions can also be classified into 30 different subcategories ranging from mineral diamond inclusion types such as feathers and needles, to external imperfections such as polish lines and pits. Each diamond is as unique as a fingerprint because these inclusions can come in any shape, color, or nature.

Inclusions of varying sizes are more or less visible depending on their size. Because it's easier to see a large diamond than a small one, the clarity grade can be lower when the diamond is larger. Clarity is also greatly influenced by the number of inclusions, with a single small diamond earning a higher grade than many large diamonds.

Putting an inclusion in the right place is extremely crucial. There are two distinct ways to increase the clarity of a diamond: by placing an inclusion directly in the middle of it, or by placing an inclusion closer to the side of it.

A number of other factors are influenced by the nature of inclusions. There are a number of reasons why this can be dangerous, such as when a large internal break is hit hard enough to break off a large feather that is clearly visible on the surface of the stone. If you're looking to buy a diamond with a large number of pinpoints, known as clouds, it's important to have an expert look at the diamond before making a purchase. These rocks are to be avoided at all costs!

How the inclusion looks, as well as how it's colored, is called relief. Because of the way it reflects off other surfaces, a single black, opaque inclusion can appear to have multiple facets. A feather that is completely colorless and transparent is nearly impossible to detect.

All of these aspects are taken into account as a whole because the stone must be graded on its overall appearance. A diamond's clarity grade is determined by three diamond graders in the GIA laboratory before being officially recorded once the answers to these questions have been determined. Internally Flawless, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, and SI1 and SI2 are the clarity grades. Lauren B always takes the time to explain the difference and meaning of these clarity grades and how they are applied to the stones we are working with. Our associates have the knowledge and experience to assist you in making an informed decision when it comes to selecting well-balanced stones that are bright and beautiful!

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