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CLARITY

Nature has identified each diamond by natural inclusions: crystals, feathers, lines, etc. These traits developed in the diamond during its formation.

Diamond clarity is determined by the visibility of these inclusions, viewed under 10-power magnification by a trained eye.

The fewer and smaller the inclusions are, the less likely it is that they will interfere with the passage of light through the diamond, and the more beautiful the diamond will be.

While most inclusions may not affect the beauty of a diamond, they do affect its value and price.

A diamond that is free of interior or exterior inclusions is very rare and therefore more valuable.

The following is the GIA Diamond clarity-scale:
FL, IF, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, SI3, I1, I2, I3


FL-Flawless

These stones have no imperfections inside or on the outside of the stone under the magnification of a loupe of 10 power.

IF-Internally Flawless

These stones have no inclusions under a loupe with a 10 power magnification.

VVS1,VVS2-Very Very Slightly Imperfect

These stones have very small inclusions which are very  difficult to see under a loupe with a 10 power magnification.

VS1,VS2-Very Slightly Imperfect

These stones have small inclusions which are slightly difficult to difficult to see under a loupe with a 10 power magnification.

SI1,SI2-Slightly Imperfect

These stones have inclusions which are fairly easy to see under a loupe with a 10 power magnification, or visible to the naked eye.

I1,I2,I3-Imperfect

These stones have inclusions which range from eye visible to very easily seen to the naked eye.

Clarity

FL

IF

VVS1

VVS2

VS1

VS2

SI1

SI2

I1

I2

I3

Scale

Flawless-
Internally Flawless

Very Very Slightly Imperfect

Very Slightly Imperfect

Slightly Imperfect

Imperfect

 

SI3

Outside of the GIA Diamond clarity scale is a grade you may have seen called SI3. The Rap Sheet, which is a Trade Publication, honors the SI3 grade which is given out by EGL, the European Gemological Laboratory. It is described as a split between the SI2 and I1 clarity grade.

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