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How Important Is A Diamond’s Clarity?

Author: Len Pickett/Wednesday, September 30, 2015/Categories: Diamonds, The 4 C's

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A diamond’s clarity refers to the type, number and placement of blemishes or inclusions found in the diamond. There are many determining factors that contribute to this and a diamond’s clarity will greatly affect its value, price and rarity. Most natural diamonds have some or both of these to a degree and are commonly referred to as birthmarks or identifying factors.

Inclusions are internal imperfections in a diamond, while blemishes are external. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the most widely accepted grading system and below is their grading system for clarity.


(FL) Flawless
No inclusions and no blemishes visible under 10x magnification

(IF) Internally Flawless
No inclusions visible under 10x magnification

(VVS1 and VVS2) Very, Very Slightly Included
Inclusions so slight they are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification

(VS1 and VS2) Very Slightly Included – 
Inclusions are observed with effort under 10x magnification, but can be characterized as minor

(SI1 and SI2) Slightly Included – 
Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification

(I1, I2 and I3) Included
Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification, which may affect transparency and brilliance

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