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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