Diamond Clarity Guide

The Best Diamond Clarity Guide

Diamond Clarity Explained -Rubie Rae Bespoke Jewellery

The Best Diamond Clarity Guide, everything you need to know about diamond clarity before you buy. Every diamond is different and this is what makes them so desirable, yet do you know what to look for. With this guide, you will understand what diamond clarity means to your diamond and how it is graded.

The vast majority of diamonds contain some impurities, known as inclusions, which can detract from their beauty and impede light return effecting that affects the diamond clarity.  The size, number, type and location of these inclusions all factor into the gems final clarity grade. The universal system for grading diamonds is the IF to I3 system, as charted below:


Understanding diamond clarity the guide below will show you the difference between flawless and flawed diamonds.

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F and IF

F means internally and externally flawless. IF means internally flawless. F and IF diamonds are very rare so are expensive.



VVS1  VVS1 and VVS2

VVS means very, very slightly included. This means it is very difficult to see the impurities, even using a 10-power loupe. The numbers represent levels within this grade – VVS1s are cleaner than VVS2s.



VS  VS1 and VS2

This diamond’s clarity is very slightly included, with impurities not visible to the eye. VVS and VS are very good which means you would need a microscope to see any flaws.



SI1  SI1 and SI2

Diamond clarity on these diamonds means the inclusions are visible under 10-power magnification and might be visible to the unaided eye.  A diamond is graded SI1 even though it has no more inclusions than a VS2, but because those inclusions occur in the centre of the diamond, they are more noticeable and more likely to block light.


I1  I1, I2 and I3

These diamonds contain visible inclusions.





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