The clarity of a diamond depends on how clear or clean it is and of course the fewer the imperfections, the rarer and more valuable the diamond. These characteristics are usually referred to as inclusions and blemishes and can detract from the beauty of the diamond. The position of inclusions can affect the value of a diamond. Gemologists determine the size, type, and position of the imperfections by using a 10x magnification loupe. Your advantage in purchasing a clarity enhanced diamond is that it was treated with fracture-filled, laser-drilled methods improving its clarity grade, therefore giving you a beautiful diamond at a much lower price.
|FL||Flawless,: No internal or external flaws, very rare.|
|IF||Internally Flawless: No internal flaws; very slight external blemishes hardly visible through 10x magnification|
|VVS1||Very, Very Slightly Included: Minor inclusions. Difficult for an experienced gemologist to detect|
|VVS2||Very, Very Slightly Included: Minor inclusions. Difficult for an experienced gemologist to detect|
|VS1||Very Slightly Included: Difficult to see under 10X magnification|
|VS2||Very Slightly Included: Can be seen under 10X magnification and at rare times slightly visible to the eye.|
|SI||Slightly Included: Has inclusions or blemishes when viewed under 10X magnification, and can be visible with the unaided eye|
|I1, I2, I3||Included: Has large inclusions and blemishes visible to the naked eye, Beverly Diamonds does not carry diamonds of this grade.|
Most consumers make clarity the least "important" of the 4 Cs when purchasing that special diamond. And that is true, what are the odds of her friends using a 10X microscope to examine the imperfections on her diamond?If you would like a diamond that represents itself cleaner to the naked eye, we recommend that you select a clarity grade of VS2 or better, but if you are a customer that wouldn't mind seeing few inclusions/blemishes to the naked eye, then an SI clarity grade would work great for you and a lot of our customers are very happy with that! We have seen over the past 12 years that some customers lean towards the VS2 clarity and some go after the SI clarity, it really comes down to your budget and taste. Our suggestion is, if you do have the extra funds, then go after the VS2 clarity!