Diamonds that are absolutely clear are the most sought-after and therefore the most expensive. But almost every diamond has inclusions — scratches, trace minerals or other tiny characteristics that can detract from the pure beauty of the diamond. Unless the diamond is graded F (flawless), there are imperfections.
|FL-IF||Flawless, Internally Flawless: No internal or external flaws. Internally Flawless: No internal flaws. Very rare and beautiful diamonds.|
|VVS1-VVS2||Very, Very Slightly Included: Very difficult to see inclusions under 10x magnification. An excellent quality diamond.|
|VS1-VS2||Very Slightly Included: Inclusions are not visible to the unaided eye. An excellent quality diamond.|
|SI1-SI2||Slightly Included: Inclusions are visible under 10x magnification, and may be visible with the unaided eye, (SI2). A good diamond value.|
|I1, I2, I3||Near-colourless. Colour slightly detectable.|
What Clarity Grade Is Best
We recommend that you select an "eye-clean" diamond — one that has no inclusions visible to the unaided eye. An excellent value, diamonds of this clarity are much less expensive than IF- or F-grade diamonds and typically do not contain visible inclusions that detract from the beauty of the diamond.