Importance of Diamond Clarity

Diamond ClarityDiamond Pendant, Diamond Necklace or Diamond Earrings – Surely, you would have made the decision on which of these three you would like to buy for your partner. But hold on – Have you paid enough attention to the kind of diamonds that need to be included in these jewelry items. For starters, it may not make an inch of difference for your partner, if the diamonds in her jewelry are SI2 or VS2, but there is something intriguing in store for you.

Most diamonds have flaws, and most diamonds are worked on in lab conditions. That means one thing – The diamonds you see on websites, are sure to have some flaws in them (Well, most of them do). Diamond clarity often talks about two things – Blemishes and inclusions. Blemishes are external flaws, and inclusions, internal. Most diamond pendant and diamond necklace sellers exclude blemishes off their product list.

But, inclusions do find their way onto the defect list. And they result in a difference in the diamond clarity.

Typically, a 10X loupe magnification process is used for determining diamond clarity. Broadly, based on the process, here are the different Diamond Clarity choices explained for you.

*FL – Flawless – It is extremely difficult to find F Clarity Diamonds as these are completely free of any blemishes and inclusions. For all I know, there are very few diamond websites that sell these diamonds. This diamond necklace and diamond pendant website surely has some FL class diamonds.

IF (Internally Flawless) diamonds, is probably a subset of the FL Category! The only difference here is that the IF Clarity diamonds have minor blemishes, which may not appear to a normal human being. It needs a skilled eye to detect these blemishes.

*VVS1 – VVS2 – For all practical purposes, you could term these diamonds to be a part of the IF Category, as they have very minor inclusions that need the precision of a skilled worker to detect.

*VS1 – VS2 – The VS1 and VS2 Clarity diamonds do have inclusions, but even they can only be seen in a 10X microscope by a trained eye. Broadly, these diamonds fall under the defect category of Very Slightly Included (Two Grades) diamonds.

*SI1 – SI2 – Inclusions in the SI1 – SI2 diamonds are easily detected by the 10X Microscope. These diamonds fall under the category, Slightly Included (Two Grades).

*I1 – I3 – Talk of diamond clarity and I1-I3 diamonds form the lowest bar on the performance scale. Most jewelry sellers wouldn’t recommend buying these diamonds, as the inclusions are clearly visible to the naked eye as well as the Microscope. That said, some people who wish to buy inexpensive diamonds and are willing to give the diamond some treatment, I1-I3 diamonds could be an attractive option.

Now that you know all about diamond clarity, it shouldn’t be a tough exercise for you, when you wish to purchase some diamonds or diamond jewelry.