4 C's > Clarity
Clarity refers to how free
a diamond is from nature's "birthmarks," or tiny,
generally microscopic imperfections that make each diamond
Diamonds are assigned clarity grades based on what can be
detected with ten-power magnification. Most internal features
(inclusions) and external features (blemishes) in the diamond
have little or no effect on brilliance and fire.
So if small clarity characteristics don't affect a diamond's
beauty, why are diamonds with higher clarity grade so expensive?
It's simply because diamonds with relatively few clarity characteristics
are very rare. Fortunately, diamonds of all clarity grades
and prices, including those with eye-visible inclusions, can
look beautiful depending on how well they're cut and other
factors. The best advice is to look at several diamonds of
different clarity grades and let your eye be the guide!
These charts below will provide the definition of clarity
grades and give you some idea of how clarity grades compare
to one another. Remember, trained professionals perform clarity
grading under ten-power binocular magnification and the average
person would have a harder time locating clarity characteristics.