Natural diamonds often include tiny inclusions, trace amounts of other minerals, or other imperfections embedded within them or on their surface. Such characteristics affect a diamond's "clarity," as imperfections visible to the naked eye detract from the diamond's clarity and value. Of course, diamonds completely free of all imperfections are the most rare and most expensive.
Depending upon where the imperfection is located and its severity, it may have little to no impact on the diamond's ability to reflect light, or it can create a cloudy appearance in the diamond and even affect the diamond's structural integrity. Bottom line – pay close attention to a diamond's clarity, reviewing the diamond certificate carefully, to be sure the diamond you are purchasing is of an acceptable quality to you.
Aside from carat weight, clarity has the most impact on a diamond's selling price. To help consumers identify a diamond's clarity, grading systems were developed to categorize diamonds by size, type, and location of inclusions.
Flawless/Internally Flawless. Very rare and expensive.
Very, Very Slightly Included. Inclusions are difficult to see even under high magnification. Excellent quality.
Very Slightly Included. Inclusions usually not visible to naked eye. Lower prices compared to VVS1 and VVS2.
Slightly Included. Inclusions visible under magnification and possibly to the naked eye. Value-priced diamonds.
Included. Not carried by Eternity by Yoni.
We at Eternity by Yoni are ready to answer any questions you may have about a diamond's clarity to help you make an informed decision. Feel free to contact us to learn more about clarity.