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Understanding Diamond Clarity

Understanding Diamond Clarity

Like every love, every diamond is unique. One reason for this is clarity. Clarity measures the imperfections in a diamond.

Similar to people, diamonds nave natural birthmarks that vary in size, shape position, quantity and color. Internal birthmarks are called inclusions, while those found on the external surface of a diamond are known as blemishes. Inclusions and blemishes are very common. They may be caused during a diamond's growth or may develop during the mining, cutting, polishing or setting process.

Though nearly all diamonds have inclusions and blemishes, the most prized diamonds are flawless. Light is able to flow uninterrupted in a flawless diamond, resulting in a beautiful sparkle. Flawless diamonds are uncommon and expensive, however, as only 2% of the world?s diamonds are without inclusions and blemishes.

Experts measure clarity with special equipment. A classic jewelers' tool is the loupe, a small 10-power (10x) magnifying glass. This is the standard magnification when determining diamond clarity. Jewelers will also use a gemological microscope to show you the characteristics of your diamond. Even diamonds with inclusions and blemishes can be among the most beautiful, especially those with good color and cut. Many inclusions are difficult to see with the naked eye, and some may be minimized by the setting you choose.

Work with your Kay jewelry consultant to find a diamond whose inclusions and blemishes have a minimal effect on the beauty of the stone. That way, you can own a stunning piece of jewelry that still fits within your budget.


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