What Is The Best Clarity Diamond To Buy
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Most of these reasons are valid but there are some that are due to misguided beliefs and misinformation. Anyway, what is important is that you understand how clarity really impacts the beauty of the stone.
If you are buying a large sized diamond (bigger than 1.5 carats), the best clarity rating for diamonds of these sizes will be VS2 or better. This is because inclusions become more obvious when carat size increases.
Now, I need to reiterate that there is nothing wrong with going for a higher clarity rating as long as you know that you can get a similar looking stone at significantly lower costs. In the example above, I was able to make an educated judgment to pick an eyeclean SI1 diamond using the 360 videos and grading reports.
I would like to know what a fair price would be a one caret diamond set in a marquise stud earring. I am not sure what I what I should be looking for as far as clarity goes or what clarity diamond should I get.I do not need the very best diamond but I would like one that does shine and is large enough to show while I wear it.Are there any websites online in which I could purchase a good diamond for economical price. I have looked at a few jewelry stores in our area and the seem alittle expensive. I realize there is a huge mark up on diamonds. Therefore, where can I go for the best diamond for a good price.
Without even looking at other details (which is a must before you buy), this diamond would have instantly failed my preliminary checks. I strongly advise against buying blind. The best clarity for a diamond is one that gives you a peace of mind and full enjoyment without worrying about the inclusions. For most people, VS2s are the best grades. For some others, VS2s are not good enough. Does that make sense
Diamond clarity is a qualitative metric that grades the visual appearance of each diamond. The fewer inclusions and blemishes a diamond has, the better its clarity grade will be based on the GIA diamond clarity chart.
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As the AGS explains, inclusions usually develop as a result of heat and pressure, while blemishes tend to appear during the cutting and polishing process, or as a result of wear that affects the surface of the diamond.
When determining the clarity of diamonds on a clarity scale, experts will note the appearance of the diamond when it is face up, with a microscope at 10x magnification and eye visibility. However, to identify any diamond inclusions there may be, a higher power than 10x will be used. Otherwise, it may be too difficult to determine.
The reality of diamond clarity is that many of the inclusions that make the difference between an FL or IF (flawless or internally flawless) clarity grade and a VVS1 clarity grade, for example, are completely invisible to the naked eye.
It should become clear from the images below why it is so crucial to only buy diamonds from an online vendor (Like James Allen, Blue Nile and Brian Gavin Diamonds) that provides you with high-quality images of their diamonds.
Unlike VVS2 clarity inclusions, a microscope is never needed to locate a VS1. As you can see if you click on the sample diamond here, a VS1 clarity inclusion is still quite small and will never be visible to the naked eye.
VS2 clarity inclusions are almost always clean to the naked eye. This sample stone is somewhat of an extreme example (click on it to see more details). I specifically looked for a VS2 that was black and in the center of the stone to more easily illustrate the size of a VS2 inclusion.
As with the poor VS2 sample before, the diamond chosen for the sample picture of an SI1 clarity inclusion is an extreme example chosen to show the maximum size and worst possible color of an SI1. One must remember that a clarity grade can be based on many different inclusion points within a diamond. It is less common (especially for SI1 and lower) that the clarity grade is based on one concentrated inclusion.
Usually, there are a number of smaller spots and clouds of tiny spots that make up the clarity grade. In these cases, since each individual inclusion is very small, the diamond looks clean to the naked eye.
With step cuts like Emerald and Asscher cuts, an SI2 clarity inclusion will most likely be visible to the naked eye. With other brilliant shapes (basically all the other common shapes), an SI2 clarity inclusion will usually be clean to the naked eye.
As with the SI1 sample photo before, I specifically chose a concentrated black center inclusion to illustrate just how bad an SI2 can get. A center black SI2 on an Emerald Cut is about as bad as an SI2 as there is. As I mentioned above regarding an SI1, in most cases, the SI2 clarity grade is made up of several (or many) smaller inclusions.
As I mentioned above, most clarity grades are comprised of several to many smaller inclusions spread out over the area of the diamond. In such cases, the I1 clarity inclusion will be much less noticeable to the naked eye, if at all.
Graining is a type of internal inclusion that develops because of irregular crystal growth. When a diamond has graining, it will show white, colored or reflective internal lines that give the diamond a very hazy appearance.
Cavities are surface dents or cracks in a diamond. They can appear colorless or colored based on the type of minerals that exist within the body of the diamond. If the crystal inclusions of the cavity are colored, they will then be much more obvious in appearance and can most likely be seen with the unaided eye.
Feathers are small cracks that, as their name suggests, have a feathery look when viewed from certain angles. Some feathers are obvious, while others are barely noticeable. When a diamond has feathers, they can either appear clear or capture light and give off a white appearance.
What is a clarity plot A clarity plot is a figure that shows the locations and types of imperfections in a diamond. The flaws are identified by a skilled grader using 10x magnification. When you purchase a diamond and receive a GIA or AGS certificate, the report usually comes with a clarity plot, especially if the diamond is 1 Carat or heavier (see an example below).
When you reach SI1 and SI2 diamond clarity scale grades, however, you begin to find a much higher concentration of diamonds with eye-visible inclusions. Because of this visibility, it is imperative to limit your search to vendors with high-quality photos.
Think of your total investment in a diamond ring as a pie. Each feature of the diamond has its own slice of the pie and the more you spend on a feature the larger its slice (and therefore, another slice or slices must become smaller).
The reason for this is that different types of diamonds show inclusions differently. For example, Asscher cut diamonds, which are cut so that nothing is hidden, are much more likely to display inclusions than round brilliant cut diamonds, which are cut for maximum light reflection.
The size of a diamond can also affect its chance of showing inclusions. As the carat weight of a diamond increases, so does the width of its table, increasing the likelihood of an inclusion being visible.
All these step-cut diamond shapes have large tables (top surface areas) that allow for a clear, unobstructed look into the diamond. This means that they display inclusions more clearly than other diamond shapes.
As these shapes hide inclusions better than other shapes, you can drop down to the SI1 to SI2 clarity grade range and still find eye-clean diamonds. These clarity grades will help you to get more for your budget.
Besides looking at the certificate and clarity plot, carefully review the diamond to look for visible inclusions. Online vendors, particularly James Allen and Blue Nile, have high-end photography for just this purpose.
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This makes the process of reviewing diamonds for clarity easier, helping you to avoid low quality diamonds and identify those that offer the right combination of eye-clean clarity and great value for money.
The inclusion is only slightly opaque, but best of all it is completely on the perimeter of the diamond. A skilled jeweler could easily cover this with a prong to give your diamond the appearance of being completely clean.
In Figure 2, you can see the same diamond, but with 18x magnification. In this picture, I have focused on the inclusion so you can better see how its color allows it to blend in with the natural color of the diamond.
The next diamond I want to review is a 1.01 carat VS2. As you can see in Figure 3, there is a very small inclusion almost dead center in the table of the diamond. Unfortunately, however, the inclusion is stark black.
Clarity enhanced diamonds are diamonds with significant inclusions that undergo a treatment to improve their clarity. The aim of the treatment is to reduce the visibility of inclusions and produce a better looking, clearer diamond.
While clarity enhancement techniques are effective, they have d