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Diamond Clarity

Practically all diamonds contain naturally occurring internal characteristics called inclusions. The size, nature, location and amount of inclusions determine a stone's clarity grade and affect its cost. Clarity is dertermined using 10X magnification. By definition, if something is not visible at 10X, it does not effect the clarity.

FlawlessVVS1VVS2VS1VS2SI1SI2I1I2I3
Flawless/Internally Flawless= No inclusions visible, by an expert at 10X magnification
VVS1-VVS2= Very, Very slight inclusions very difficult for an expert to find under 10X
VS1-VS2= Very slight inclusions difficult for an expert to find under 10X
SI1-SI2= Noticable, relatively easy to find under 10X. Not visible without magnification in a face-up direction.
I1-I3= Obvious under 10X, may be visible to the unaided eye, I3's inclusions may effect the stone's durability.

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