The Clarity Grade of your Diamond Engagement Ring

May 13 11:36 2015 Lisa Jeeves Print This Article

Not sure what the clarity of a diamond engagement ring means? Here is everything you need to know when choosing the perfect ring.

As one of the famous four Cs,Guest Posting the clarity of a diamond engagement ring is important factor when choosing the perfect ring for you and your partner. Nearly all diamonds – around 99.99% -- have imperfections, and those that don’t are, unsurprisingly, extremely expensive. However, there are grades that judge the clarity of individual diamonds and help to determine the overall price of a diamond accordingly.

Natural diamonds are formed under an incredible amount of pressure – and not in a laboratory - so it is no surprise that most diamonds have flaws. These flaws refer to the natural cracks, lines and blemishes that are found in the average diamond. These flaws have a direct impact on the clarity of a diamond, as a completely flawless stone will reflect considerably more light than a flawed one.

The ‘clarity’ of a diamond engagement ring is all about the flaws, or the lack of them, but there are generally only two types of flaws: blemishes, which are found on the surface of a diamond and include scratches, pits and chips, and inclusions, which are found within a diamond, such as air bubbles and cracks. When it comes to judging the presence of inclusions and blemishes, grades range from Flawless, Internally Flawless, Very Very Slightly Included, Very Slightly Included, Slightly Included and Included.

Flawless diamonds are those prized diamonds which have no blemishes or inclusions, while Internally Flawless diamonds have only very slight external flaws. Both of these diamonds are very rare and very expensive, and as a result are not often used in engagement rings. Very Very Slightly Included and Very Slightly Included diamonds are respectively ‘very difficult’ or ‘quite difficult’ to see under 10x magnification by a gemologist. However, these small flaws largely go unnoticed to the untrained eye and thus do not have a direct effect on the appearance of a diamond.

It is only when you start looking at diamonds with a grade of Slightly Included or Included that the presence of blemishes and inclusions starts to have a direct impact on an unmagnified diamond’s appearance. Although, technically, only Included diamonds have inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, and it is usually advised that you steer clear of a diamond engagement ring with that grade. Slightly Included diamonds, on the other hand, can often be a good choice if you’re on a budget and willing to sacrifice quality for size.

So which clarity grade is the right one for you? It really depends on your personal preference and budget. While many couples would not be able to afford the higher grades, the Very Slightly Included diamond engagement ring is a very popular choice, being just as beautiful as a Very Very Slightly Included stone but less expensive.

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Lisa Jeeves
Lisa Jeeves

Frederick Holm writes for the F&L Designer Guides, which hosts a thriving community of independent engagement ring designers in the UK. Inspired by their journey of discovery in search of a distinctive, one-of-a-kind diamond engagement ring, F&L now celebrates the works of their favourite designers and helps promote the notion of “Go Bespoke” as a more imaginative and interesting alternative to the limitations of High Street shopping.

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