Diamond clarity is the analysis of few imperfections on the surface and in the surface. Flaws present on the surface such as internal defects, and blemishes are called inclusions. Such inclusions are really tiny in size and are only be seen through a microscope and do not influence the beauty of a diamond in any case. The diamond which has very few inclusions gets the highest clarity grades. Knowing diamond clarity while buying it is not as important as knowing other factors.
Diamond Clarity Grading Scale
Diamond clarity grading scale has six different categories and a total of eleven clarity grades. The list of diamond grading categories and clarity grades are given below:
I2, I3 Diamonds
I2 and I3 diamonds have obvious inclusions which may be seen by the naked eye as well.
I1 diamonds have little inclusions that may be seen by the naked eye.
SI2, SI1 Diamonds
Inclusions of SI diamonds can be seen only on 10x magnification and these are the best value diamonds. With SI1 inclusions can be seen by naked eyes but with SI2 diamonds they are only visible from the pavilion. 30% of diamond customers buy diamonds with SI clarity grade.
VS1, VS2 Diamonds
VS diamonds have very little inclusions that can only be seen with 10x magnification. VS1 diamonds have a higher clarity grade as compared to VS2, which may contain few visible inclusions. A VS grade diamond is more affordable than a VVS diamond. 43% percent of diamond customers buy VS clarity grade diamonds.
VVS1, VVS2 Diamonds
VVS diamonds have tiny inclusions that are difficult to see by the trained eyes even under 10x magnification. Diamonds with VVS2 clarity have slightly more inclusions than the VVS1 clarity grade. A VVS diamond has a brilliant quality and clarity grade. 21% of diamond customers buy diamonds with VVS clarity grade.
Internally Flawless (IF) Diamonds
This type of diamond clarity grade is close to perfect as in this inclusions are not visible even under 10x magnification. There may be a chance of visibility of very tiny blemishes on the surface of these type of diamonds. 6% of diamond customers buy diamonds with IF clarity grade.
Flawless (FL) Diamonds
As the word flawless says it all, inclusions and blemishes are not at all visible in this type of clarity grade diamond, even under 10x magnification. Among all the diamonds, less than 1% have FL clarity. A flawless diamond is extremely rare as it is close to impossible to find a diamond having zero inclusions.6% of diamond customers buy diamonds with FL clarity grade.
While you buy a diamond engagement ring or perfect diamond jewellery, you need to take care of a few things when it comes to clarity of a diamond and how it affects the price.
- It doesn’t matter if you want to buy a diamond with a flaw. This is because small inclusions and blemishes do not make them look less attractive, instead, they make them look unique. So you can go for a diamond with a flaw if you are tight on budget.
- If you want to buy affordable yet alluring diamonds, then go for SI or VS clarity grade diamonds. That way, you can get eye clean diamonds which are much less expensive than the FL or IF ones.
- Remember, a diamond’s shape and size also affect its clarity. Diamonds which are wide in shape have more transparency and their inclusions are more visible. Whereas diamonds which are round, oval, princess, pear, etc. have less transparency and does not require high clarity grade as they naturally hide their inclusions. With an increase in diamond size, there comes an increase in inclusions visibility too.