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A flawless diamond is very rare and valuable

The clarity of a diamond assesses the degree of flawlessness. Most imperfections are not visible to the naked eye and require magnification to be detected. Under 10x magnifications, the clarity of a diamond is appraised by looking at the inclusions (internal objects) and blemishes (external marks). Almost all diamonds will contain minute traces of non-crystallized carbon or small non-diamond crystals to a certain degree. It is part of the formation process of diamonds and varies per diamond, making every stone unique. However, the fewer inclusions or blemishes there are, the rarer the diamond is, significantly affecting the diamond’s value.

GIA clarity grading scale

Diamond Clarity Chart

Using the GIA International Diamond Grading System, diamonds are classified with a clarity grade that ranges from flawless (FL) to obvious inclusions visible to the naked eye (I3).

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