Anyone who has ever purchased a lab-grown diamond knows that clarity is one of the main characteristics to look for. The clearer the lab-grown diamond, the higher its value. This makes diamond clarity an essential factor during the purchase journey.
What is diamond clarity?
" Clarity is the level to which a diamond is free from inclusions and blemishes. "
Diamond inclusions are internal (inclusion) or external (blemish) imperfections within the crystal structure, which may or may not be visible to the unaided eye
The better the diamond clarity, the less visible inclusions are.
What does diamond clarity mean?
Diamond clarity can be expressed by the grading scale providing a relative ranking. A diamond's clarity grade considers factors such as size, nature, position, colour and quantity of imperfections visible under 10x magnification.
How is diamond clarity determined?
There are a few different ways to determine the clarity of a lab-grown diamond.
The first way is to use a loupe which is a 10x magnification tool. It is used to inspect the lab-grown diamond’s surface for flaws.
The second way is to send the lab-grown diamond to a gemological laboratory for testing. It will be inspected from the inside out and graded based on clarity. This clarity grade will be used to help determine the lab-grown diamond’s value.
How to read a diamond clarity grade chart?
Illustration: Gemological Institute of America
When it comes to diamond clarity grading, the higher the clarity grade, the less visible the inclusions are. It is accessed across 6 categories, and 11 specific grades, which are:
The best diamond clarity has no inclusions or flaws that can be seen under 10x magnification. This is extremely rare to occur.
IF: Internally Flawless
Lab-grown diamonds with this grade have no inclusions visible and are only minimal through 10x magnification.
VVS: Very Very Slightly Included (VVS1 & VVS2)
It has very small inclusions that are extremely difficult to see under 10x magnification.
VS: Very Slightly Included (VS1 & VS2)
It has minor inclusions that are difficult and somewhat easy to see under 10x magnification.
SI: Slightly Included (SI1 & SI2)
It has noticeable inclusions that can be seen under 10x magnification.
I: Included (I1 & I2)
It has large inclusions that are visible under 10x magnification. Generally, the beauty of the diamond is affected at this clarity grade or below.
It has many inclusions that can be seen without 10x magnification.
Are lab-grown diamonds better clarity?
Many people choose lab-grown diamonds for their clarity. They prefer to buy a lab-grown diamond with a clarity grade of VS or better than VS.
Lab-grown diamonds are often graded to VS or better. So, if you prefer the highest clarity possible, a lab-grown diamond might be right for you.
Clarity is essential because it is used to determine the value of a lab-grown diamond. If you’re looking for engagement rings, it is essential to understand the differences between each diamond clarity grade and their prices.