Diamond Clarity

diamond clarity

Diamond clarity is one of the 4Cs that are used in setting the price of a diamond. When you are shopping for a diamond engagement ring, a diamond pendant, some diamond earrings, or any piece of diamond jewelry; one important factor is the clarity of the diamonds that you choose. However, the diamond clarity of the earrings that you choose could be different than the diamond clarity that you would like to have when you buy a diamond engagement ring.

Does a higher diamond clarity equal a more beautiful diamond? Good question! Some people feel that diamond clarity is everything, some others feel it is not as important. As for me, I’d place diamond clarity as being number 3… with diamond cut being number 1 and diamond color being number 2.

What is diamond clarity?

Diamond clarity refers to the presence of extra little goodies on the inside and on the outside of a diamond. The dictionary definition of clarity is “the quality or state of being clear”.

Having a diamond without anything inside of it is extremely rare, especially in larger diamonds. Because of this rarity factor, a diamond that is “cleaner” (a high diamond clarity) is also more expensive. Of all the diamonds that are mined every year, only about 20% are “clean enough” (that is have a high enough diamond clarity to be considered “gem quality”) that could be used in diamond jewelry with the other 80% of the diamonds being used for industrial purposes.

So if you have a diamond with a very high diamond clarity grade (FL, IF, VVS) then it really is one in a million, making it even that much more special!

Reference source: http://beyond4cs.com/clarity/

How can we communicate how “clear” a diamond is or isn’t?

In the world of colored stones (gemstones other than diamonds), there are “word terms” which are used to describe the clarity of a gem. Terms like “clean”, “eye clean”, “almost eye clean”, “included”, etc.

Can we use the same type of system with describing diamond clarity? For many many years, word terms were used to classify the clarity of a diamond… which lead to a lot of confusion. Given the same diamond, one person would describe the diamond clarity as “almost eye clean” and another person would describe the diamond clarity as “clean”….. who was right?

Up until the early 1950s this had been a problem… a standardized diamond clarity grading system was needed!