Clarity is a term used to describe the absence or presence of flaws inside or on the surface of a diamond or other gemstone. A perfect stone with perfect clarity–clearness–is rare, and most flaws that do exist in jewelry grade diamonds cannot be seen without looking at stones through a jeweler’s magnifying loupe. Use these resources to start exploring diamond clarity. Understanding what clarity is all about will help you choose the best stone for you.
- Understand & Evaluate Diamond Clarity
Don’t be concerned if the clarity of the diamond you choose is not near the top the scale, because those diamonds are rare—and expensive. Get the facts about the labels that are used to designate clarity.
More: Clarity Designations
- What You Should Know About Diamond Blemishes
There are several different types of blemishes, or flaws, that you might see on the surface of a diamond. Surface blemishes can affect diamond clarity and value, but many blemishes have little or no affect on a diamond’s appearance. Learn which blemishes are ones you should avoid.
More: Blemishes to Avoid
- Inclusions–What’s Inside the Diamond?
Inclusions are kind of like fingerprints, a characteristic that gives us all a special signature. Getting to know your diamond inside and out makes the stone a more personal possession—and will help you describe and identify the gem if it is ever lost or stolen.
More: Inner Fingerprints
- Clarity Enhanced Diamonds
You know how clarity is affected by inclusions and blemishes, but did you know there are treatments that can remove many of the flaws? Some treatments are permanent, but other diamond treatments are temporary. Decide which treatments you can live with before you buy a diamond.