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Diamond Clarity

Inclusions found on a diamond can be considered nature's birthmarks, the distinguishing characteristics that make the stone unique. Inclusions have a direct impact on a diamond’s clarity and value. Flawless diamonds with no inclusions are extremely valuable. The majority of diamonds have inclusions undetectable to the unaided eye.


Flawless, Internally Flawless
Contains no internal inclusions when viewed with 10x magnification. Internally Flawless diamonds may contain external characteristics (also known as blemishes).


Very Very Slightly Included
Contains minute inclusions that are extremely difficult to locate under 10x magnification.

VS1 & VS2

Very Slightly Included
Contains minute inclusions, such as clouds, crystals, or feathers, which are difficult to locate with 10x magnification.

SI1, SI2 & SI3

Slightly Included
Contains noticeable inclusions under 10x magnification, including clouds, knots, crystals, cavities, and feathers.

I1, I2 & I3

Contains very obvious inclusions that can usually be seen with the naked eye, as well as under 10x magnification. Included diamonds sometimes display poor transparency and lack of brilliance.

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