Understanding Diamond Clarity

Shopping for diamonds can be tricky, so it’s best to learn as much as you can about them before you start shopping in the LA jewelry district. Everyone’s heard of the 4-C’s of diamonds – cut, color, clarity, and carat. Clarity is one of the important things to look for when choosing a diamond engagement ring or a loose diamond. Clarity is the way a diamond looks and indicates the presence of inclusions in the stone. Most diamonds have some flaws, but not all flaws are visible to the naked eye.

When shopping for diamonds in the LA jewelry district, make sure that you visit a reliable store that has a gemologist on site. A gemologist is an expert in examining diamonds. Gemologists view diamonds through a magnifying loupe that allows them to see details inside a diamond than cannot be viewed otherwise.

Diamond Flaws

There are two main kinds of diamond flaws: inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions are inside the diamond, while blemishes are on the surface of the diamond. Diamonds are graded based on the inclusions that are in the stone. A gemologist in the LA jewelry district looks at diamonds and reviews their grades. Diamonds are graded so that they can be more easily compared with one another.

Inclusions may include such things as cracks, air bubbles, and minerals that are not part of the diamond. Blemishes are usually surface scratches and chips. Some of these blemishes may occur when the diamond is being cut while others may happen later. The fewer inclusions a diamond has, the more valuable it is. Diamonds with more clarity are rarer than those with inclusions so they are worth more money.

Clarity Grading

Gemologists in the LA jewelry district look at diamonds for clarity and are graded on a system that ranges from F (flawless) to I3. F grading is very rare and is reserved for diamonds with no internal flaws. IF diamonds are internally flawless. This means that they have no flaws inside but may have some flaws on the surface. Again, these are very rare. VVS1 and VVS2 are very slightly included, meaning that the flaws are very minor and hard to see under magnification. VS1 and VS2 are very slightly included that show only minute inclusions when viewed under magnification. SI1 and SI2 are slightly included under magnification. All of these aforementioned grades have flaws that are not visible to the naked eye. I1, I2, and I3 diamonds have flaws that can be viewed with or without magnification. The grade of a diamond indicates the clarity of it, as determined by the presence of flaws or inclusions. The price of a diamond is partly determined by its grade.

Choosing a Diamond

When shopping for a diamond in the LA jewelry district, you’ll want to find out the diamond’s grade. Choose a diamond that you like and that looks good to the naked eye.

A diamond that has no visible inclusions is sometimes called an “eye clean” diamond. This means that the diamond has flaws that are only visible when viewed under a 10X loupe. These diamonds are often the best value for the money because they may have some slight inclusions but otherwise look very good.

Some visible flaws may be worse than others depending on the way the diamond is cut and how it is mounted. In general, it is best to choose the best diamond that you can within the grades of F through S2. These are gems that have no visible flaws when you simply look at them.

Keep in mind that all diamonds have some flaws and some have more than others. The price of a diamond will be based not only on the grade of the stone but also on the cut, color, and carat weight.

To see a large selection of diamond engagement rings and diamond jewelry, visit Icing on the Ring in the LA jewelry district. Call Icing on the Ring today at 1-888-565-6150.



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