Diamond Clarity

Diamond Clarity

Clarity refers to the number, location, size and type of ‘inclusions’ within a diamond. These are tiny little marks present inside the diamond. Like nature’s birthmarks, they are also known as clarity characteristics and are completely natural in diamond formation.

A truly flawless diamond is extremely rare as it’s possible to find these little specks and birthmarks in almost every diamond in the world. The fewer or smaller the clarity characteristics creates a rarer and more valuable diamond.

GIA Clarity Grading

The Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) has various grading scales to judge the purity of a diamond. They are:

  • FL(Flawless)  Diamonds that are absolutely flawless i.e., no inclusions or blemishes are seen to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.
  • IF (Internally Flawless) – Diamonds those have no inclusions, but slight blemishes appear externally to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.
  • VVS1, VVS2(Very, Very Slightly Included)  Most sought after diamonds with very-very small inclusions internally even difficult for a skilled grader to identify under 10x magnification. 
  • VS1, VS2(Very Slightly Included)  Diamonds with very slight inclusions clearly visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification. 
  • SI1, SI2(Slightly Included)  Diamonds with slight inclusions noticeable to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.
  • I1, I2 and I3(Included)  Diamonds with inclusions obviously visible under 10x magnification, can often be seen with the naked eye.. 

Starfire Diamond Jewellery Ideal Clarity Grade:

If you prefer a diamond with no inclusions visible to the naked eye, then VS1 or VS2 would be an ideal clarity match for you. However, diamonds with SI1 or SI2 clarity are also a popular choice and are generally referred to as Eye-Clean Diamonds.

What is the definition of Eye-Clean?

No inclusions visible to the naked eye from the top of the diamond. 

Usually eye clean stones will be in the FL-SI range of clarity