Diamond Clarity

 


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Diamond Clarity
What is the meaning of Diamond Clarity? Definition: The clarity of a diamond relates to exactly how clear a diamond is. The clarity of a diamond describes the presence, or absence, of Inclusions (flaws) within the diamond and any blemishes on its surface. Inclusions disrupt the flow of light in the diamond so that some of light reflected will be lost.

Diamond Clarity and Quality
Diamond Clarity is one of the 4 C s of diamond grading (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight) which provide an excellent guide to the quality of a diamond. The numbers, sizes, colors, locations and visibility of any inclusions and / or blemishes can effect the relative clarity of a diamond and its quality. The majority of Diamond Inclusions cannot be seen by the human eye so systems have been developed to grade diamond clarity.

Diamond Clarity Ratings
Any internal inclusions or external blemishes interfere with light passing through the diamond and its ability to scatter and transmit light. As the majority of inclusions cannot be seen by the human eye they are located by a jeweller under a 10 power magnification and then graded according to their clarity. Diamonds are rated and graded for clarity on a scale ranging from high quality and expensive flawless to imperfect.

Diamond Clarity Scale / Rating and Grading Reports
Many grading / rating reports confirm whether or not a diamond has inclusions or blemishes, and if it does, the level of the effect - Flawless, Internally Flawless, Very, Very Small Inclusions, Very Small Inclusions, Small Inclusions and Large Inclusions. The different grades and levels of Diamond Clarity are described in the following Diamond Clarity Scale by specific abbreviations:

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Diamond Clarity Scale
Scale AbbreviationScale Description Details of ClarityQuality
FFlawlessNo internal or external flaws

Very Rare and Expensive

IFInternally FlawlessNo internal flawsRare and Expensive
VVS1Very, Very Small Inclusions
Level 1
Very Difficult to see inclusions under 10x magnificationExpensive
VVS2Very, Very Small Inclusions
Level 2
Difficult to see inclusions under 10x magnificationLess Expensive
VSVery Small Inclusions

Inclusions are noticeable to a jeweller under 10x magnification

VS1Very Small Inclusions
Level 1

Inclusions are noticeable to a jeweller under 10x magnification

VS2Very Small Inclusions
Level 2

Inclusions are noticeable to a jeweller under 10x magnification

SISmall Inclusions

Inclusions are easily seen to a jeweller under 10x magnification

SI1Small Inclusions
Level 1

Inclusions are easily seen under 10x magnification but not visible to naked eye

SI2Small Inclusions
Level 2

Inclusions are easily seen under 10x magnification but not visible to naked eye

LILarge InclusionsInclusions are visible to naked eye but minimum loss of brilliance
LI1Large Inclusions
Level 1
Larger Inclusions visible to naked eye with small loss of brilliance
LI2Large Inclusions
Level 2
Larger Inclusions visible to naked eye with dulling of brilliance
LI3Large Inclusions
Level 3
Larger Inclusions visible to naked eye with brilliance diminishedCheapest
Scale AbbreviationScale Description Details of ClarityQuality
Diamond Clarity Scale
 

Diamond Clarity - The Sparkle
How does the clarity of a diamond effect its sparkle? Diamond clarity is determined by inclusions and these  can affect how the light is reflected and therefore the diamonds sparkle. What exactly is the sparkle? Definition: Tiny flashes of light, or sparkles,  that are seen when the diamond moves and light is reflected from the diamond. A combination of brilliance (fire) and dispersion (refraction). Another word for sparkle is scintillation, often used by jewellers.

  • Definition of Brilliance or Fire - The amount of sparkle a diamond gives off through reflection and refraction of light - the intensity of the light-reflecting power which maximizes the brilliance
  • Definition of Dispersion or Refraction - A change of direction, bend of a ray of light

 

 

 

Diamond Clarity / Brilliance & Fire
Diamond Clarity and its brilliance and fire:

  • Definition of Brilliance or Fire - The amount of sparkle a diamond gives off through reflection and refraction of light - the intensity of the light-reflecting power which maximizes the brilliance
  • Definition of Dispersion or Refraction - A change of direction, bend of a ray of light

 

The 4C's to Diamonds
Diamond Clarity is one of the 4 C s of diamond grading (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight). For detailed facts and information about the 4 C's please click one of the following links:
 

The 4 C's to Diamonds
Diamond Color
Diamond Cut
Carat Weight


 

 

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Information about Diamond Clarity

Discover some fascinating information about Diamond Clarity.

  • Facts and Information
  • Guide to Diamond Clarity & Scale
  • Diamond Clarity Scale
  • Diamond Clarity and Quality Scale
  • Diamond Clarity Ratings
  • Diamond Clarity Scale / Rating and Grading Reports
  • The Sparkle, Brilliance & Fire
  • How Inclusions, Blemishes and Flaws effect Diamond Clarity
 
 

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