Diamond Clarity

Diamonds have long been cherished for their timeless beauty and unrivaled sparkle. One of the key factors influencing a diamond's appearance is its clarity. In this guide, we will delve into the world of diamond clarity, exploring what it is, the factors that contribute to inclusions and imperfections, the clarity scale, and considerations when selecting a stone, strategies for obtaining the best value for your money.

What is Diamond Clarity?

Diamond clarity refers to the presence or absence of tiny imperfections, known as inclusions, and surface blemishes within a diamond. These features, formed during the diamond's creation, are unique birthmarks that impact the stone's overall appearance and value.

What Causes Inclusions and Imperfections?

Internal Pressures: Diamonds form deep within the Earth under extreme pressure and heat. During this process, minerals or other diamonds may become trapped inside, leading to internal inclusions.
    Crystal Growth: As diamonds crystallize, irregularities in the crystal lattice can occur, resulting in internal features.
      External Forces: Surface blemishes, such as scratches or nicks, may occur during the diamond's journey from the Earth's mantle to the surface.

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        The Clarity Scale:

        Flawless (FL) and Internally Flawless (IF): No inclusions or blemishes visible under 10x magnification.

        Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2): Extremely difficult to detect inclusions under 10x magnification.

        Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2): Inclusions are visible under 10x magnification but challenging to see with the naked eye.

        Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2): Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification and may be visible to the naked eye.

        Included (I1, I2, and I3): Inclusions are visible to the naked eye and can impact transparency and brilliance.


          How to Get the Best Value for Money:

          Choose Wisely on the Clarity Scale: Diamonds are graded on a clarity scale, ranging from Flawless (no inclusions or blemishes visible under 10x magnification) to Included (inclusions visible to the naked eye). Consider a stone in the Slightly Included (SI) range for a balance of quality and value.

          Prioritise Cut and Carat Weight: Optimal cutting enhances a diamond's brilliance, making it visually appealing. Balancing clarity with cut and carat weight can provide better value.

          Consider Fancy Shapes: Fancy-shaped diamonds, such as emerald or cushion cuts, can hide inclusions more effectively than round brilliants.

          Speak With Us, Speak With the Experts: We can help you understand the trade-offs between the four Cs – clarity, cut, colour, and carat weight, and make recommendations based upon your budget, and your design and style preferences.

            Understanding diamond clarity is essential for making an informed purchase that aligns with your preferences and budget. By considering the factors that contribute to inclusions, knowing what to look for, and strategically navigating the clarity scale, you can confidently select a diamond that radiates with brilliance while offering excellent value for your investment.