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CLARITY

Clarity refers to the number, position and size of the inclusions (blemishes) that occur naturally inside diamonds. Most diamonds contain some blemishes (crystals, clouds, or feathers). The fewer and less obvious the inclusions, the more valuable the diamond. These inclusions give each diamond its own unique fingerprint, making your particular diamond truly yours.

The clarity grading scale is detailed below with brief descriptions in the following page. The most important thing to remember when it comes to clarity is that a diamond's inclusions should not be noticeable to the naked eye.

Diamond Clarity

Clarity Scale

GRADEDESCRIPTION
FFlawless. The diamond shows no inclusions or blemishes of any sort under 10x magnification when observed by an experienced grader. Note: Truly flawless or internally flawless diamonds are extremely rare.
IFInternally Flawless. The diamond has no inclusions when examined by an experienced grader using 10x magnification, but will have some minor blemishes.
VVS1,
VVS2
Very, Very slightly included. The diamond contains minute inclusions that are difficult even for experienced graders to see under 10x magnification.
VS1,
VS2
Very slightly included. The diamond contains minute inclusions such as small crystals, clouds or feathers when observed with effort under 10x magnification.
SI1,
SI2
Slightly included. Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification and may or may not be visible to the naked eye. However, when set in jewelry, the inclusions may become less visible.
I1,
I2
I3
Included. Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification and are usually visible to the naked eye. This quality allows for a larger diamond to be purchased at a lower price.

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