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Clarity

 

CLARITY GRADES

 

Clarity refers to the presence of internal features such as crystal irregularities, breaks or foreign bodies, called inclusions, and to external imperfections such as scratches, small nicks and chips, called blemishes. Both of these will lower the clarity grade and thus the value of the diamond.

In most cases they have little effect on the beauty or durability of the diamond.

FL

FLAWLESS

If Diamonds show no Blemishes or Inclusions when examined by a skilled grader under 10x Magnification.

IF

INTERNALLY FLAWLESS

If Diamonds show no inclusions and only insignificant blemishes, when examined by a skilled grader under 10x Magnification.

VVS1

VERY VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED  1

Diamonds contain minute inclusions that are extremely difficult for even a skilled grader to locate under 10x Magnification, visible only from the pavilion, or blemish, small enough to be removed by minor repolishing.

VVS2

VERY VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED  2

Diamonds contain minute inclusions that are very difficult for a skilled grader to locate under 10x Magnification.

VS1

VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED  1

Diamonds contain minor inclusions that are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x Magnification.

VS2

VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED  2

Diamonds contain minor inclusions that are somewhat easy for a skilled grader to see under 10x Magnification.

SI1

SLIGHTLY INCLUDED  1

Diamonds contain noticeable inclusions that are easy for a skilled grader to see under 10x Magnification.

SI2

SLIGHTLY INCLUDED  2

Diamonds contain noticeable inclusions that are very easy for a skilled grader to see under 10x Magnification. Some inclusions under certain conditions can be seen with the unaided eye.

I1

IMPERFECT  1

Diamonds contain inclusions which are obvious to a trained grader under 10x Magnification and the beauty or durability is somewhat affected. Inclusions can be seen with the unaided eye.

I2

IMPERFECT  2

Diamonds contain inclusions, which are obvious to a trained grader under 10x Magnification and the beauty or durability is seriously affected. Inclusions are easy to see with the unaided eye.

I3

IMPERFECT  3

Diamonds contain inclusions, which are obvious to a trained grader under 10x Magnification and the beauty, and durability is seriously affected. Inclusions are very easy to see with the unaided eye.

 

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