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 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.
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.
Scale / Rating and Grading Reports
Many grading /
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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