What is the characteristic of clarity?

What is the characteristic of clarity?

Clarity refers to the surface irregularities (blemishes) and internal (inclusions) features of a polished diamond. Collectively, these blemishes and inclusions are termed as the diamond’s clarity characteristics.

What does clarity characteristics pinpoint mean?

Clarity: General Knowledge Recap Clarity means the flaws of the diamonds that occur naturally, there are external flaws (blemishes) and internal flaws (inclusions). These flaws are called “Clarity Characteristics” in the GIA Diamond Report. In simpler terms, they are the type of flaws a diamond has.

What does it mean when a diamond has a feather?

A feather is basically a soft word for a crack or break in the diamond. Usually, feathers in diamonds will take on a whitish or translucent appearance (imagine a hairline crack within the crystalline structure of the stone). However, they can also exist in other forms of coloration like black or brown.

How do you read GIA clarity characteristics?

GIA diamond clarity characteristics are graded by the following:

  1. Flawless (FL): No visible inclusions or blemishes.
  2. Internally Flawless (IF): No inclusions are visible, but blemishes can be seen under 10x magnification.
  3. Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2): Inclusions are very difficult to see.

Is SI1 clarity good?

For most shapes, an SI1 clarity diamond will be an excellent choice. However, emerald and asscher-cut diamonds make clarity features much more visible. We recommend choosing a VS clarity diamond for these shapes. Emerald-cut diamonds, like this one, act like a series of mirrors reflecting flaws throughout the stone.

What is the highest possible clarity grade?

FL (or Flawless) is the highest grade for clarity. An FL diamond has no imperfections even when magnified 10x by a professional. For color, D or completely colorless diamond is the highest grade. While flawless and colorless diamonds are extremely rare, cut determines a diamond’s true value.

Are feather filled diamonds bad?

Large feathers Huge feathers can have a negative effect on the appearance and durability of a diamond. A large feather can impede the path of white and colored light—impacting the diamond’s brilliance and fire.

Can fake diamonds have inclusions?

While it’s true that most diamonds, as products of nature, will have inclusions, it is a myth that diamond imitations, whether they are natural or synthetic, will not have inclusions. Inclusions are the result of a gem’s crystal growth process. In fact, inclusions help gemologists identify natural and synthetic gems.

Is SI1 Better Than SI2?

The main criteria in choosing between SI1 and SI2 all boils down to price and quality. Let’s say, both gems have the same price and cut; in general, SI1 diamonds are clearer, but SI2 are cheaper. But still, some SI1 stones may have inclusions visible without loupe, and there are SI2 diamonds that are eye clean.

Is VS1 better than SI1?

The VS category is divided into two grades; VS1 denotes a higher clarity grade than VS2. The SI category is divided into two grades; SI1 denotes a higher clarity grade than SI2. These may or may not be noticeable to the naked eye.

Is s12 clarity good?

Is SI2 diamond clarity good? SI2 diamond clarity can be a smart purchase, depending on if the diamond is eye-clean. SI2 diamonds tend to have more imperfections and more noticeable inclusions than better grades like SI1 and VS2, but sometimes you can find an eye-clean stone.

Is 12 clarity diamond good?

Diamond clarity I2-I3 I2 diamonds are one grade better than I3 diamonds. An I3 diamond is the lowest grade on the Clarity scale and will have even more noticeable inclusions than I2 diamonds. Because these imperfections detract from the brilliance and beauty of the diamond, we do not recommend I3 diamonds either.

What does the word feather mean on a diamond certificate?

Study most GIA diamond grading certificates and you will often see words such as ‘feather’ or ‘twinning wisp’ for clarity characteristics within the diamond or extending into the stone from the surface (inclusions), unless graded Internally Flawless.

Can a VS2 feather inclusion weaken a diamond?

Now, a larger inclusion reaching the surface and being located both in the upper and lower half of the diamond could potentially form a cleavage plane within the diamond. This could potentially weaken the diamond. A VS2 feather inclusion however is not big enough to exert such an effect.

What does clarity mean on a polished diamond?

Clarity refers to the surface irregularities (blemishes) and internal (inclusions) features of a polished diamond. Collectively, these blemishes and inclusions are termed as the diamond’s clarity characteristics.

Where did the term feather inclusion come from?

The term feather was coined because feather inclusions have a white and somewhat feathery appearance to them. In a grading report on a grading plot they are usually indicated as a red feather. Both GIA and AGS use the same signs in their plotting diagrams for a feather: As you can see the plotting diagram is divided in two parts.