Diamond clarity refers to the grading of the inclusions that are naturally formed in the diamond. These occur in a diamond as it is being formed deep in the ground. Almost all diamonds contain small traces of non-crystallized carbon known as inclusions. The Clarity grading is used to indicate the extent of which a diamond is free of inclusions. Preferably, the inclusions should not affect the brilliance or brightness of the diamond, nor effect any reflection of light through the diamond which will lower the luster of the diamond. The definition of the clarity grading on diamonds is that the inclusions should not be visible to the naked eye down to an SI2 grade and not effection the look of the stone to the naked eye.
Due to what we believe to be a slight diamond grading shift over the years, many stones up to VS2 grading do have visible inclusions to the naked eye. MDTdesign carefully inspects every diamond that we purchasing or consider selling to our client’s and if we find that the diamond does have inclusions visible to the naked eye, we will not sell or stock that diamond. This is why it is extremely important to carefully eye view every diamond you are considering purchasing. There is a big difference between a good SI2 graded diamond and a bad SI2 graded diamond as there is with all the other grading’s. Along with this comes a price difference as well. We only sell the top end of all clarity’s and in store we can show you the differences and what is true to its definition. We would much rather our clients have a high end graded SI2 diamond rather than a bad quality SI1 clarity diamond that is not true to the Certificate. Certificates can be wrong or lenient and you should not buy a stone purely based on its certification.
MDTdesign carry mainly ‘VS’ (Very Slight Inclusions) and ‘SI’ (Slight Inclusions) clarity diamonds but, as with colour, we are happy to work to your specifications if you would prefer a higher clarity graded diamond.
GIA Clarity Grading
Recently many Diamonds termed ‘clarity enhanced diamonds’ have been found being sold around Australia. These stones are of poor quality have either been laser drilled to remove large black inclusions or have had fractures in the stone ‘filled’. MDTdesign do not sell this quality of diamonds nor would we recommend buying one.
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