- Clarity grading is determined by evaluating the size, nature, color and location of internal characteristics called “inclusions” and external characteristics called “blemishes”.
- Characteristics of the diamond are nature’s footprint
- Most diamonds have natural inclusions
- Diamonds with fewer inclusions are extremely scarce and therefore hold more value.
- Up to 20% of a diamond’s value is determined by clarity
- Almost all diamonds have natural characteristics or inclusions. Diamonds with fewer inclusions are more rare, and therefore more valuable.
- Although, the rarest diamonds have higher value, be aware that clarity differences have little effect on the visual appearance of a diamond.
- Unless an inclusion is obvious to the naked eye, it will have no influence on the visual beauty of the diamond.