What are Eye-Clean Diamonds?
Absolutely flawless natural diamonds are extremely rare; about 1 in 5000 high-quality diamonds. They’re equally pricey and often found exclusively on specialty diamond stores. Most of the diamonds you see in jewelry stores are graded VVS, VS or SI for clarity (on the GIA scale). Their imperfections are not immediately apparent to the naked eye and are therefore referred to as eye-clean diamonds.
How Are They Analyzed?
Inclusions and blemishes are quite common and they impact the clarity of natural diamonds substantially. However, their presence or absence alone isn’t sufficient to analyze the clarity of diamonds.
Experts analyze clarity on the following five factors.
• Size: The size of the inclusion or blemish impacts the clarity of a diamond quite noticeably. The bigger it is, the more noticeable it will be. Also, bigger inclusions can drastically reduce the durability of the stone. For this reason, it is the primary factor considered when grading a diamond for clarity.
• Nature: A flaw that exists at the core of the diamond is called an inclusion. A superficial flaw is generally referred to as a blemish. While it is possible to eliminate blemishes through recut and polishing, inclusions are more or less permanent. This is one reason why gemologists are extremely particular about identifying inclusions in a natural diamond.
• Number: There may be multiple inclusions in a diamond or a single one. In either case, the diamond’s clarity is diminished and its durability is at risk. Multiple inclusions can give the impression of a distorted lattice. On the other hand, a single, difficult-to-spot inclusion may be easier to overlook. Despite this, the size of the inclusion takes a predominant position when determining clarity.
• Location: The location of the inclusion determines how, if at all, it will manifest. When observing the diamond face-up, inclusions present closer to the table/center will be more visible than those present near the girdle/perimeter. Also, those present near the pavilion (lower-half of the diamond) are more likely to reflect in the diamond. However, if they’re present near the culet/bottom-tip, they’re less likely to be visible through the crystal lattice. This, quite evidently, affects the clarity of the diamond.
• Relief: Inclusions may or may not be colored. The way they contrast against their surroundings (within the diamond) play an important role in determining clarity. The higher the relief, the more visible flaws will be.
Why to Consider Eye-Clean Diamonds?
How many people walk around with loupes in their hands, assessing every diamond’s grade that they see? As long as you are not in a diamond shop or a diamond festival, you can flaunt your gemstones without worrying about being judged.
Eye-clean diamonds offer the same visual appeal as flawless diamonds. However, the former demands a lower price, making diamonds much more affordable for you. They deliver more value for money, both monetary and sentimental, and are therefore a preferred choice for most.
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