Diamond clarity refers to the amount of external flaws or internal inclusions a diamond might have. Flaws are formed when the diamond is created in liquid magma deep inside the Earth. With most diamonds any flaws are only normally noticeable with a jewellers loupe.

The Different Diamond Shapes

different diamond shapes A diamond should always be graded for clarity by a reputable diamond grading lab like GIA and should follow certain codes which are used to identify the grades. Here are the following clarity grades a diamond can be given –

diamond clarity diagram

Diamond Clarity Grades

FL, IF Flawless – The diamond has no internal or external flaws. This grade is extremely rare and expensive. If the diamond is graded IF it means thats the stone has no internal flaws. VVS1, VVS2 Very Very Slightly Included – Any inclusions in the diamond are very difficult to detect unless the stone is under a 10x magnification. This is an excellent clarity grade and often good value for money. SI1, SI2 Slightly Included – This clarity grade offer’s excellent value for money and inclusions are only noticeable under 10x magnification. It’s important to remember that any marks or inclusions are usually only visible through magnification and not the naked eye. It takes an incredible amount of pressure for a diamond to be formed deep under the earth’s surface – so it’s no surprise that most diamonds have flaws.