Clarity is a measure of the number and size of the tiny imperfections that occur in almost all diamonds.
Many of these imperfections are microscopic, and do not affect a diamond's beauty in any discernible way.
Much is made of a diamond's clarity, but of the Four Cs, it is the easiest to understand, and, according to many experts, generally has the least impact on a diamond's appearance. Clarity simply refers to the tiny, natural imperfections that occur in all but the finest diamonds. Gemologists refer to these imperfections by a variety of technical names, including blemishes and inclusions, among others. Diamonds with the least and smallest imperfections receive the highest clarity grades. Because these imperfections tend to be microscopic, they do not generally affect a diamond's beauty in any discernible way.
• What Clarity grade is right for me ?
Select an "eye-clean" diamond - one that has no imperfections visible to the unaided-eye through the crown. An excellent value, diamonds of this clarity are much less expensive than flawless (FL) or internally flawless (IF) diamonds, which are extremely rare and command higher prices.
Frequently, imperfections in diamonds graded slightly included (SI) are not visible to the unaided eye, making them an excellent value. If you're considering a diamond with an SI clarity grade, call to speak to a diamond and jewelry consultant who will review the diamond to ensure the imperfections are not visible to the unaided eye.
IF, Internally Flawless:
A diamonds that shows only insignificant blemishes and no inclusions.
Very rare diamonds.
VVS1-2 , Very Very Slightly Included:
A diamond that contains minutes inclusions that range from extremely difficult (VVS1) to difficult (VVS2) to see under 10X magnification.
An excellent quality diamond.
VS1-2: Very Slightly Included :
A diamond that contains minor inclusions that range from difficult (VS1) to somewhat easy (VS2) to see under 10X magnification.
Less expensive than a VVS grades.
SI1-2: Slightly Included:
A diamonds that contains noticeable inclusions that are easy to see under 10X magnification.
A good diamond value.
A diamond that contains inclusions that are obvious under 10X magnification.
Shemtov&Co Jewelry, Inc. offers a limited collection of this category.
Color refers to a diamond's lack of color, grading the whiteness of a diamond.
A color grade of D is the highest possible, while Z is the lowest.
Color manifests itself in a diamond as a pale yellow. This is why a diamond's color grade is based on its lack of color. The less color a diamond has, the higher its color grade. After cut, color is generally considered the second most important characteristic when selecting a diamond. This is because the human eye tends to detect a diamond's sparkle (light performance) first, and color second.
• What Color grade is right for me ?
For the purist, look for a colorless diamond with a grade of D-F for a diamond with no discernible color.
For an excellent value in a diamond with little or no noticeable color to the unaided eye, look for a near-colorless grade of G-I.
• About Clarity Enhancement
Education is the key to deciding why a clarity enhanced diamond is the better choice for you. Read our guide for all the answers you need to make an informed decision and learn all the pros and cons of clarity enhanced diamonds.
For budget-conscious shoppers, clarity-enhanced diamond jewelry can be a great choice. At half the cost per carat of a top-quality diamond, they represent a substantial savings for jewelry buyers. But before you look into buying clarity-enhanced loose diamonds or jewelry, make sure you know the pros and cons and answers to these key questions:
What are clarity-enhanced diamonds? Are they real or fake?
A clarity-enhanced diamond is a natural diamond. It is not an imitation diamond like moissanite or a lab-made diamond like Gemesis. Diamonds that have visible inclusions or blemishes are often used for clarity-enhanced diamonds. By treating these imperfect diamonds with a carefully crafted method, experienced fine jewelers are able to lessen the visibility of inclusions and blemishes, creating the appearance of a significantly higher-quality - and higher-priced - diamond.
How are clarity-enhanced diamonds produced?
Jewelers use several methods to enhance a diamond's clarity. One common method is laser drilling, which uses a tiny laser beam to tunnel into the diamond and remove inclusions. This method helps eliminate discolorations or specks in a diamond. Another method to remove flaws is called fracture filling. This procedure involves injecting a tiny amount of glass-like substance into the diamond's feathers, which makes these natural imperfections invisible. The amount of this material is so small that it does not change the diamond's weight at all.
Will people be able to tell that my diamond is clarity-enhanced?
To the naked eye, your diamond will look blemish-free and dazzling. Only a trained gemologist will be able to tell that it's a clarity-enhanced diamond. Plus, all of our clarity-enhanced loose stones and jewelry come with a lifetime guarantee andtrade-up policy, so your satisfaction is guaranteed.
Is a clarity-enhanced diamond as durable as a regular diamond?
Yes. Laser drilling and fracture filling will not weaken your diamond or make it more susceptible to dings and scratches.
Is special care required for my clarity-enhanced diamond?
Not usually. However, any time you have your jewelry cleaned or repaired, make sure the jeweler knows you have a clarity-enhanced diamond. Heat from these services can erode the filling, so extra precautions may be needed to protect the diamond. However, if anything should happen to the treatment of your diamond at any time, our lifetime guarantee ensures that we will treat it again at no additional cost.