When purchasing a diamond, it is essential to understand the diamond's quality characteristics. One of the most important value factors to consider is the diamond's clarity. The clarity of a diamond refers to the presence or absence of natural blemishes and inclusions within the diamond.
At Jae’s Jewelers we use the grading scale developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to categorize diamonds based on their individual characteristics. In this article, we will explore each of the 11 levels of diamond clarity.
FL - Flawless
Diamonds with a clarity grade of FL are considered the rarest and most valuable. These diamonds are completely free of blemishes and inclusions, even under 10x magnification. The absence of any inclusions or blemishes ensures that the diamond has optimal light performance, making it a highly sought-after choice for engagement rings and other high-end jewelry.
IF - Internally Flawless
Diamonds with a clarity grade of IF have no visible inclusions under 10x magnification. While these diamonds may have natural features on their surface, they are often polished out during the cutting and finishing process. These diamonds are also highly valued and are considered a close second to FL diamonds.
VVS1 and VVS2 - Very Very Slightly Included
Diamonds with a clarity grade of VVS1 and VVS2 have very few inclusions, which are very difficult to see under 10x magnification. Inclusions in VVS1 diamonds are typically less visible than those in VVS2 diamonds. While VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds are slightly less valuable than FL and IF diamonds, they are still highly prized and considered an excellent choice for engagement rings or other fine jewelry.
VS1 and VS2 - Very Slightly Included
Diamonds with a clarity grade of VS1 and VS2 have inclusions that are slightly visible under 10x magnification but are not visible to the naked eye. Inclusions in VS1 diamonds are typically less visible than those in VS2 diamonds. These diamonds are still considered high-quality and are an excellent choice for engagement rings or other fine jewelry.
SI1 and SI2 - Slightly Included
Diamonds with a clarity grade of SI1 and SI2 have inclusions that are easily visible under 10x magnification yet invisible to the naked eye. The inclusions in SI1 diamonds are usually less visible than those in SI2 diamonds. These diamonds are considered mid-range in terms of quality and are our most requested clarity range for engagement rings.
I1, I2, and I3 - Included
Diamonds with a clarity grade of I1, I2, and I3 have inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. These characteristics usually impact the diamond's brilliance and light performance. These diamonds are considered the lowest gem quality. Their value is significantly lower than diamonds with higher clarity grades. Included diamonds may be a good option for those looking for a more affordable diamond.
Understanding the diamond's clarity characteristics is essential when purchasing a diamond. The diamond's clarity is determined by the presence or absence of blemishes and inclusions, and it can significantly impact the diamond's value and performance.
The GIA clarity grading scale categorizes diamonds based on their clarity characteristics, ranging from Flawless to Included. FL and IF diamonds are the rarest and most valuable, while I1, I2, and I3 diamonds are the lowest quality. VS1, VS2, SI1, and SI2 diamonds offer an excellent balance between quality and affordability and are an excellent choice for engagement rings or other fine jewelry.
By understanding each level of diamond clarity, you can make an informed decision and purchase a diamond that best suits your needs and budget. It is important to note that while diamond clarity is an important factor to consider, it is not the only one.
Other factors, such as carat weight, color, and cut, can also significantly impact the diamond's value and performance.
When purchasing a diamond, it is essential to work with a knowledgeable jeweler, at Jae’s Jewelers we consider ourselves as one of the most reputable jewelers in South Florida.
One of the reasons why we are considered a premier jeweler in South Florida is we can provide you with the education and guidance you need to make an informed decision, using the strictest industry standards.
Our goal at Jae’s Jewelers is to help you understand the various quality characteristics of diamonds, and guide you towards the best diamond for your specific needs.
It is also important to consider the diamond's purpose when choosing a clarity grade. If the diamond will be set in an engagement ring or other fine jewelry that will be worn close to the viewer’s eye, you may want to consider a higher clarity grad. However, if the diamond will be used for earrings or pendants, a lower clarity grade may be acceptable.
In addition to understanding the diamond's clarity characteristics, it is important to have significant diamonds graded by a reputable laboratory, such as the GIA. A third-party diamond report provides an independent assessment of the diamond's quality characteristics, including its clarity, color, carat weight, and cut. This can provide peace of mind and ensure that you are getting what you pay for.
In conclusion, understanding the diamond's clarity characteristics is essential when purchasing a diamond. The GIA clarity grading scale categorizes diamonds based on their clarity characteristics, ranging from Flawless to Included. Each level of clarity has its own unique characteristics and value.
When purchasing a diamond, it is essential to work with a reputable jeweler, consider the diamond's purpose, and have the diamond certified by a reputable laboratory. By doing so, you can ensure that you are getting the best diamond for your specific needs and budget.
For more information, please feel free to contact us at 305-443-7724 or visit us at 237 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, Florida. We look forward to meeting you and speaking with you in the near future.