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Clarity is one of the key measurements of a diamonds value. A clarity grade is attributed to a diamond depending on the size, number and position of inclusions present.
Because diamonds are formed under extreme heat and pressure deep under the earth crust, nearly all diamonds contain small imperfections called inclusions. Inclusions are like birthmarks and are a completely natural part of a diamond, and give each diamond its own individual uniqueness.
The fewer inclusions that are present in a diamond, the higher grade a diamond is attributed, therefore the more valuable a diamond becomes.
Nearly all diamonds are graded using an 11 point grading scale (below). Diamond grading is always done under 10x magnification.
Very very slight inclusions - Diamonds rated VVS1 do not have any visible inclusions even under 10 x magnifications. An excellent quality diamond
Very very slight inclusions - Diamonds rated VVS2 barely have any visible inclusions that are very difficult to see under 10 x magnifications
Very slightly included – Diamonds rated VS1 will have very minor inclusions barely visible under 10 x magnification. A high quality diamond
Very slightly included – Diamonds rated VS2 will have minor inclusions only visible under 10 x magnification.
Slightly included - Diamonds rated SI1 have inclusions that are visible under 10 x magnification but are mostly clean to the naked eye. SI1 clarity diamonds offer very good value for money
Slightly included - Diamonds rated SI2 have inclusions clearly visible under 10 x magnification and likely visible to the naked eye.
Included 1 - Diamonds rated I1 will have inclusions clearly visible to the naked eye. They do however offer incredible value for people that don’t mind the presence of inclusions in a diamond.
SI1 and SI2 provide excellent value for money but may contain small inclusions visible to the naked eye. If Clarity of the diamond is very important to you, we would recommend choosing VS2-VS1 or higher with a GIA certificate. These diamonds will not show any inclusions to the naked eye.