The Diamond 4 C's: Clarity
When diamonds are created naturally, they can have a variety of characteristics called inclusions and blemishes. The clarity of a diamond (Four C's: Carat, Colour, Cut and Clarity) refers to the absence of these characteristics.
The number of inclusions or blemishes in your diamond will determine how flawless it is. Diamonds that are free from these blemishes are considered rare, and their rarity directly impacts their value.
How Clarity is determined?
The GIA International Diamond Grading System™ is utilised to assign diamonds a clarity grade, ranging from flawless (FL) to diamonds with obvious inclusions (I3). This will affect the transparency and brilliance of the diamond depending on where it sits on the scale. However, unless the clarity sits towards the bottom of the scale (slightly included or included), it would be very hard to notice any inclusions or blemishes without a microscope.
The GIA Clarity Scale comprises of 11 grades, with the majority of diamonds falling into the VS (very slightly included) or SI (slightly included) categories. When determining a clarity grade, the GIA system takes into account various factors, including the size, nature, position, color or relief, and quantity of clarity characteristics visible under 10× magnification. This meticulous assessment ensures a comprehensive evaluation of a diamond's clarity characteristics.
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