The Clarity and Quality
An important quality factor is the Clarity of a diamond and relates to exactly how clear a diamond is and describes the presence, or absence, of Diamond Inclusions (flaws) within the diamond and any blemishes on its surface. The numbers, sizes, colors, locations and visibility of any inclusions 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 and therefore quality as detailed in the Diamond Clarity Chart. Diamond quality on a Diamond Clarity Chart ranges from high quality, rare and expensive flawless to imperfect and cheap diamonds.
Color, Fluorescence and Quality
The Color, another important category in assessing the quality of diamonds, relates to rarity, value and quality of a diamond. The traditional color is white, or colorless, and is categorised into the following: Colorless, Nearly colorless, Faintly tinted (usually yellow), Lightly tinted (usually yellow) and Tinted (usually yellow but may progress to brownish). The color scale for colorless diamonds goes from 'D' (colorless) to 'Z' (dark yellow) check out the info contained in Diamond Color. The amount of yellowish color decreases the value of a "colorless" stone. Fluorescence can mask yellowish diamonds so that they look white or colorless in the lighting often used in jewelry shops. Extremely fluorescent diamonds are a much lower quality and can usually be purchased for 30% less than diamonds that possess no or slight fluorescence.
The Quality of Diamonds
The Quality of diamonds is impacted by Cut, Clarity, Color, Fluorescence and Carat Weight. And remember that "Power flows from he who knows" so check out all of the facts and information to determine the quality of diamonds.