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Diamond Clarity

Clarity refers to the imperfections and the natural inclusions formed inside the diamond during the formation process of rough stone. Diamonds graded above SI clarity has inclusions not visible with naked eye. VS and VVS diamonds will have inclusions hard to find even under the gem loupe at 10x.

Diamond Clarity Diagram

What Clarity Grade Should I Select?

It’s crucial to choose a diamond free of any impurities that could diminish its all-around beauty and durability. Stick with diamonds graded “VS2” or higher if you want to be absolutely certain that your stone will be free of “eye-visible” imperfections. Shopping for SI quality diamonds can be highly satisfying, but it’s best to have Blingster’s Gemologists select the best SI for you. This will guarantee that the diamond you get has no inclusions that can be seen with the unaided eye.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to balance your diamond’s clarity grade and color. Focus on diamonds with clarity grades of VVS2 or higher if you’re looking at stones in the D-F color range. Excellent values can be found in diamonds with SI clarity and colors in the I-J range.

For your convenience Blingster offers Three classes of diamond quality to choose from:

Three Classes of Diamonds offered by Blingster

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What is the Best Diamond Clarity?

When it comes to diamond clarity, the best choice depends on personal preference and budget. On the clarity scale, diamonds that are rated as “Internally Flawless” (IF) or “Very, Very Slightly Included” (VVS1 and VVS2) are considered to have the highest clarity, and are among the most rare and valuable. These diamonds have very few or no visible inclusions or blemishes, making them highly sought after by those who want a diamond with the highest degree of clarity. However, diamonds that are rated “Slightly Included” (SI1 and SI2) can still be quite beautiful and offer great value, while being more affordable compared to IF or VVS diamonds. Ultimately, the best diamond clarity will depend on individual taste and budget, but it is always recommended to go for a diamond with a higher clarity grade for a more visually stunning and sparkling gemstone.

How are the Diamonds Graded?

Diamonds are graded using a standardized system established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The GIA system evaluates diamonds based on four key factors: carat weight, cut, color, and clarity. The clarity grading process involves a highly trained gemologist who examines the diamond under 10x magnification to determine the number, size, and position of inclusions and blemishes. The diamond is then assigned a clarity grade based on the GIA’s 6-point clarity scale, which ranges from Included (I1, I2, I3) to Internally Flawless (IF). The grading process is rigorous and consistent, ensuring that diamonds are accurately and consistently evaluated, regardless of where they are purchased. When purchasing a diamond, it is important to choose a reputable jeweler who uses the GIA grading system, and to ask to see a GIA diamond report, which provides a detailed evaluation of the diamond’s carat weight, cut, color, and clarity.

What are the SI Diamonds?

SI diamonds, or “Slightly Included” diamonds, are diamonds that have a clarity grade ranging from SI1 to SI2 on the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) clarity scale. These diamonds have inclusions and/or blemishes that are visible under 10x magnification, but are not easily visible to the naked eye. Despite the presence of these imperfections, SI diamonds can still be beautiful and offer great value. In fact, many people choose SI diamonds over higher clarity grades because the inclusions are not noticeable and the diamonds still have a good level of sparkle. Additionally, SI diamonds are more affordable than diamonds with higher clarity grades, making them a popular choice for those who want a beautiful diamond at a more accessible price point. When shopping for an SI diamond, it’s important to choose a reputable jeweler who uses the GIA grading system and to ask to see a GIA diamond report, which provides a detailed evaluation of the diamond’s carat weight, cut, color, and clarity.