VERY, VERY SMALL INCLUSIONS
Diamonds are graded for clarity using the GIA 11 point clarity scale, which ranges from flawless to I3 (pique3/P3). The clarity of a diamond is graded by a skilled grader under ten-fold magnification with an achromatic and aplanatic magnifying glass in normal light and is sub-divided as follows:
- Flawless (FL/IF): A diamond can only be defined as flawless when it is absolutely transparent and no inclusions or blemishes are visible when graded in accordance with the aforementioned method.
- Very, very small inclusions (VVS1 and VVS2) that can only be recognized with great difficulty when viewed under 10x magnification.
- Very small inclusions (VS1 and VS2) that can only be recognized with difficulty when viewed under 10x magnification.
- Small inclusions (SI1 and SI2) that can easily be recognized when viewed under 10x magnification, yet which are not visible to the naked eye when looking at it from the crown.
- Inclusions (I1) that can be recognized immediately when viewed under 10x magnification, yet have no impact on the brilliance. With the naked eye, these are only just visible when viewed from the crown.
- Larger and/or numerous inclusions (I2) that are easily recognizable with the naked eye and have a slight impact on the brilliance
- Large and/or numerous inclusions (I3) that are very easily recognizable with the naked eye, and have a significant impact on the brilliance.
LARGER AND/OR NUMEROUS INCLUSIONS
LARGE AND/OR NUMEROUS INCLUSIONS