Diamond Clarity

By on 14/05/2014
Diamond

Diamond clarity is one of the four most important quality characteristics of a diamond. But precisely how critical is clarity when selecting a diamond, especially when measured up to with color and cut, find out.

The clarity grade tells you how many internal and external flaws the diamond has. Diamonds with fewer inclusions look cleaner and allow light to pass through unobstructed, making them sparkle. On the other hand, diamonds that have heavy inclusions look dirty and detract the appearance of the diamond.

The top clarity grade on the scale of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is FL or Flawless. These diamonds have absolutely no inclusions that can be seen with the naked eye or under 10 x magnifications. Absolutely, no doubt the highest clarity grade also demands the highest price.

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The Uptown Times experts feel if money is an issue, clarity should be good enough to make the diamond look good. Once you get above a certain brink, any added enhancement in clarity will not make a visible difference but will cost a lot more money.

Any clarity grade whose inclusions are not noticeable without magnification is a good option. Conversely, in order to get the most for your money, you should look for the lowest clarity grade in which inclusions cannot be viewed with the bare eye. This means that a diamond graded VS2 or SI1 is an excellent preference; any clarity lower than SI1 will have observable inclusions. The difference between an SI1 mark diamond and a higher graded one is mainly in the noticeability of the inclusions underneath magnification.

A quality that can make a bigger difference than clarity is the cut. The more proportional the diamond cut is, the better it will make the brilliance and luminosity of the stone. A perfect cut confines as much glow as possible in the diamond and reflects it back. Another important attribute is color. A modification in its grade makes less of a discrepancy than a difference in cut, but if a diamond is too tinted, it will look yellowish and less dazzling.

When selecting the diamond, ensure that the diamond has no inclusions with the naked eye. Thus, you must focus on stones with clarity graded VS2 or SI1. Buy a SI2 graded diamond only if it will be positioned in a mounting that will veil its sides. Stones of this grade only have noticeable inclusions near the border, but from the pinnacle, these diamonds look spotless.

Next, select a color grade in which the diamonds don’t look noticeably tinted. Usually, grades G and H are adequate, and diamonds of higher grades don’t look considerably dissimilar when seen in seclusion. If your diamond is going to be set in yellow gold, you can go with a lesser grade such as I, J or even K as the color yellow will blend with the stone’s slight tint, and will not make it very visible.

When selecting the cut, you should make sure that it has fine proportions. An ideal cut will provide you with enough luminosity that can make poor color and clarity look better than they really are. On the other hand, a disproportional cut can make your diamond look poor even if all its other quality properties are fine.

The GIA grades cuts with the following grades: FL-IF (Flawless – Internally Flawless), VVS1 – VVS 2(Very Very Slight Inclusions), VS1 – VS2 (Very Slight  Inclusions), S1 – S2 (Slight Inclusions) and I1 I2 I3 (Imperfect). If you cannot afford the Flawless, do not even go for the Imperfect. Try investing in a diamond grade that is at least VS1 – VS2.

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