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Diamond Guide: Clarity

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

You've most likely heard it said before that no two diamonds are the same, there are a number of different properties that make diamonds unique from one another and one of the often, more obvious differences are the distinctive inclusions that determine the clarity of a diamond.

A Diamonds Birthmark

Inclusions in a diamond have been referred to as the diamond's "birthmark", it is nearly impossible to come across a diamond that is completely inclusion free and these inclusions are what make each diamond special. Inclusions are the small marks on the inside of the stone that can look like cracks, fractures or cloudy specks. Diamonds that have been graded from flawless to slightly included, most often require some form of magnification for the inclusions to actually be visible. It takes a very trained specialist to be able to see inclusions with the naked eye and those are usually in diamonds in the mid-clarity range. Once we get to the lower end of slightly included or included the markings become more visible to even the untrained eye. In stones that are deemed very, very slightly included it is quite difficult for even those with a trained eye to see the inclusions without any magnification.

round or brilliant cut diamond engagement ring set in white gold with diamonds on the band

Let There Be Light

So, if most inclusions can't be seen without magnification why should the clarity of your diamond matter? It all comes down to how the light reflects through the stone. Inclusions of significance, whether you can see them or not, can prevent light from shining through the diamond properly. Therefore, diamonds with a higher clarity rating will produce more of a sparkle than those rated lower on the diamond clarity scale. Though we mostly refer to the inclusions that are on the inside of the stone, clarity grading can also refer to any inclusions, scratches or nicks that are found externally on the stone. If external imperfections are large enough, they will also be taken into consideration when grading for the stone's cut quality.

diamond clarity comparison

Can you spot the inclusion(s) in each stone? This is what the inclusions in a diamond look like when under magnification. The VVS1 graded stone is so close to flawless that you would definitely not be able to see the inclusion with the naked eye. The inclusions on the SI1 graded stone, however, would be more possible to see with the naked eye, especially with its placement being so pronounced.

At Silveri Jewellers we make it possible for you to get the ring setting you love with the stone clarity you appreciate. Browse diamond rings online today and contact us if you'd like to have the diamond exchanged for one of either higher or lower quality depending on your preference and budget. Our diamond experts are also available for virtual or in-person consultations - visit us in-store or contact us today to make an appointment. ••

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