You’ve heard of the 4 C’s (and if you haven’t, you better check out our Panic Groom Guid to Diamonds pronto!), but how detailed is your knowledge?

Are you clear on ‘clarity’?

The clarity of a diamond is how clear or flawless the gemstone is. Clarity is affected by flaws known as ‘inclusions’ on or in the stone – grades of clarity range from FL (flawless), the purest diamond grade, to I3 (inclusions visible to the naked eye). The less inclusions a diamond has, the more valuable it is.

Diamonds can have 2 types of flaw – inclusions and blemishes

Blemishes are surface flaws such as scratches and pits, whilst inclusions are flaws within the stone itself (these can include air bubbles, cracks, and non-diamond minerals). All flaws are called inclusions for the purpose of grading diamonds.

It’s also worth noting that diamonds are graded for clarity under 10 to 30 times magnification!

Here’s a top tip – you can markedly reduce the cost of a diamond if you see that the inclusions will be hidden behind the mounting and therefore won’t affect the overall appearance of the stone. Don’t hesitate to contact our award-winning customer service team for further advice.

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