What do Diamond Inclusions look like?
The vast majority of inclusions cannot be seen by the human eye. They are located by a jeweller when viewed from above under a 10X magnification.
- Minute cracks can often appear whitish or cloudy and could occasionally cause the diamond to split Inclusions can be tiny colored spots including white, black, red or green
Inclusions and Clarity
The clarity of a diamond describes the presence or absence of inclusions within the diamond and any blemishes on its surface. Diamond Clarity is one of the 4 C s of diamond grading (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight). The numbers, sizes, colors, locations and visibility of inclusions and blemishes can effect the relative clarity of a diamond. Systems have been developed to grade clarity. Diamonds are graded for clarity on a scale ranging from flawless to imperfect. For additional information regarding diamond clarity please click the following link:
Different Types of InclusionsInclusion
There are basically two categories of inclusions found in natural diamonds. Syngenetic inclusions formed at the same time as the diamond and Epigenetic inclusions formed afterwards. The names and descriptions of the different types of inclusions and blemishes, which affect a diamond's clarity to varying degrees are detailed below:
- Bearding - Stress hair-like lines sometimes occurring during the cutting of a diamond
- Carbon Spots: Black spots inside the clear diamond
- Cavity - A large or deep opening in the diamond
- Cleavage - A straight crack with no feathering