Diamond Clarity affects how stones sparkle. As light interacts with the diamond's surface, the level of clarity plays a pivotal role in how the stone reflects and refracts light.
Clarity essentially determines how brilliantly the diamond shines and how effectively it captures and reflects light, contributing to its overall visual appeal and dazzling brilliance.
At Almasati, we're here to walk you through every step, including understanding diamond clarity. We want you to fully grasp the quality of our beautiful jewelry, we will explain everything and help you with any queries you may have, and we work closely with you to select your ideal certified diamonds.
Understanding Clarity Grades
Diamond clarity grades provide insight into the presence of imperfections within the gem. Here's what each grade signifies:
Flawless or Internally Flawless
Flawless diamonds are completely clear under 10x magnification, free from inclusions or blemishes. They lack inclusions at this magnification but might have minor surface marks.
A diamond graded 1 or 2 (VVS1 or VVS2) has tiny inclusions that are challenging for experts to see under 10x magnification.
Very Slightly Included diamonds with a grade of 3 or 4 (VS1 or VS2) possess minor inclusions.
Slightly Included diamonds with a grade of 5, 6, or 7 (SI1 or SI2) have noticeable inclusions that are relatively easy to observe under 10x magnification. In some cases, these might even be visible without magnification.
Included diamonds with a grade of 7, 8, 9, or 10 (I1, I2, or I3) display obvious inclusions at 10x magnification. These inclusions might be visible to the naked eye as well. Lower clarity grades could impact the diamond's durability.
There is a variety of factors to take into consideration when choosing the right grade for the diamond. Learn more about them by reading below.
The Five Diamond Grading Factors
Five things influence how we decide the clarity of a diamond and think about its imperfections: size, nature, number, location, and relief.
The impact on the clarity grade of a diamond increases as the size of the inclusion grows. When inclusions reach a certain size, they can also compromise the durability of the stone.
Inclusions that have the biggest effect on the diamond's clarity and decide its grade are called "grade setters." Also, we look at the size of these inclusions and how they add up compared to the diamond's size.
Nature refers to the kind of inclusion it is and whether it's on the surface or inside the diamond.
They are characterized by internal features that penetrate the diamond's depth, while blemishes are surface-level imperfections that do not extend beyond the surface.
Inclusions capable of affecting the diamond's durability are also taken into consideration.
An increase in the number of clarity characteristics results in a lower clarity grade. However, the evaluation of inclusions does not solely depend on their quantity but also on their visibility to the naked eye.
Where an inclusion or blemish is in the diamond matters. If it's close to the middle part of the top (called the table), it affects clarity a lot. If it's closer to the edge (called the girdle), it's harder to see. If these marks are on the surface, they might get damaged. Marks near the bottom (pavilion) can reflect light, like a mirror. Marks at the back point (culet) matter less for clarity.
Also, how the diamond is cut and shaped can make these marks more or less noticeable, which changes the clarity grade.