Diamond Clarity

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Diamonds are symbols of eternity. Along the same vein, for a bride, her diamond ring is a symbol of an eternal commitment; it has to be perfect.   The reality is, perfection in a diamond, like in life, is an elusive ideal because most diamonds are full of flaws.  After all, I think the “rough” in ... read more

Diamonds are symbols of eternity. Along the same vein, for a bride, her diamond ring is a symbol of an eternal commitment; it has to be perfect.   The reality is, perfection in a diamond, like in life, is an elusive ideal because most diamonds are full of flaws.  After all, I think the “rough” in “a diamond in the rough” sums it up. Diamonds come from deep in the earth where sharp objects with jagged edges are abundant.

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Clarity
Across its lifetime, a diamond can develop pesky things called inclusions and blemishes; inclusions and blemishes can dramatically affect the clarity, brilliance and transparency of a diamond. As one of the 4C’s to look for when selecting a diamond,  inclusions and blemishes cloud the clarity and quality of a diamond. For instance, it may be difficult for imperfect diamonds with small cracks or discolorations to transmit and scatter light.

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{Diamond images from The Diamond Pro}

Inclusions and Blemishes
Inclusions are imperfections that exist inside the diamond. Tiny specks of discoloration, cracks and colored and uncolored crystals are all types of inclusions.

Having a visible blemish on your diamond is like getting a blemish on your face, on the Big Day. Okay, a blemish on your wedding day is a gazillion times worse.  Even though blemishes occur on the exterior surface of a diamond, they are usually not obvious to the naked eye. Minute cuts and thin scratches are examples of blemishes.

GIA Clarity Scale
While the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) takes into account the amount and severity of inclusions and blemishes, the GIA will also look at other aspects, e.g. the position of a cut, to determine how a diamond ranks on the GIA Clarity Scale. The Scale has six categories and a total of eleven grades. The grades range from flawless (FL) to  Included (I1, I2, and I3);according to GIA http://gia4cs.gia.edu/EN-US/fcd-clarity.htm , included refers to  inclusions that “are obvious under 10x magnification which may affect transparency and brilliance.”  Fortunately only jewelers walk around with a 10 power magnification so to the naked eye many flaws are imperceptible.

Clarity Enhancing Treatments
Fortunately, just like for a blemish or small cut, treatments exist to mitigate the signs of inclusions and blemishes. Laser drilling and fracture filling (sounds like a dentist, eh?) are two of the most popular ways to enhance the clarity of a diamond.  Keep in mind these techniques must be disclosed and can affect the price of your diamond and durability.

No two diamonds are the same.  So pick one that speaks to you.  With flaws and all, a diamond will always be most girl’s best friend.

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