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Clarity

Diamonds that are absolutely clear are the most sought after and therefore the most expensive. Most diamonds have inclusions - scratches, trace minerals or other tiny characteristics that can affect the pure beauty and value of a diamond. GIA, AGS, and EGL (USA) use a detailed system of rules and standards to summarize the number, location, size, and type of inclusions present in a diamond.



DIAMOND CLARITY

 

  • FL, IF Flawless: No internal or external flaws. Internally Flawless: No internal flaws. Very rare and beautiful diamonds.
  • VVS1, VVS2 Very, Very Slightly Included: Very difficult to see inclusions under 10x magnification. An excellent quality diamond.
  • VS1, VS2 Very Slightly Included: Inclusions not typically visible to the unaided eye. Less expensive than the VVS1 or VVS2 grade.
  • SI1, SI2 Slightly Included: Inclusions are visible under 10x magnification, and may or may not be visible with the unaided eye. A great diamond value.
  • I1, I2, I3 Included: Inclusions are typically visible to the unaided eye.



WHAT CLARITY GRADE IS BEST?


We recommend that you select an "eye-clean" diamond - one that has no inclusions visible to the unaided eye. An excellent value, diamonds of this clarity are much less expensive than IF or FL grade diamonds and typically do not contain visible inclusions that detract from the beauty of the diamond.