WHAT IS DIAMOND CLARITY?
As you can guess from the name, diamond clarity measures the number and size of the imperfections in a diamond. Many of these imperfections are so tiny that they don’t impact the beauty of a diamond to the naked eye. Most jewellers call them blemishes or inclusions, and use a standardised grading system that describes the perfection of the diamond.
Diamond grading agencies, such as GIA, use 10x magnification in the process of determining a diamond’s clarity grading. At the high end of the scale, we start with FL and IF to VVS (Very, Very Small Inclusions), VS (Very Small Inclusions), SI (Small Inclusions) and finally to I (Imperfect). See the image below to understand the diamond clarity grading scale.
Diamonds with no visible imperfections are extremely rare and costly. They carry the diamond grade FL (Flawless) or IF (Internally Flawless). If rarity isn’t important to you, then consider choosing a diamond that visually has no imperfections to your eye, which are found in the SI (Slightly Included) range.
Also remember that the jeweller is not the one grading the diamond. There are standard grading reports done by many agencies around the world. Some are more reliable than others. It’s important to have a jeweller you can trust that will help you decide what diamond is right for you. If you want to know more about how diamond clarity is officially graded, you’re invited to learn more about diamond certification or see the video below.