The Diamond Clarity Thread

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What is your diamond clarity?
    FL - IF -- Flawless or Internally Flawless : (15 votes)
    6 %
    VVS1 - VVS2 -- Very, very slight inclusions : (37 votes)
    16 %
    VS1 - VS2 -- Very slight inclusions : (86 votes)
    37 %
    SI1 - SI2 -- Slight inclusions : (69 votes)
    30 %
    I1 - I2 -- Visibly Included : (24 votes)
    10 %
    I3 -- Heavily included : (1 votes)
    0 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Pretty sure mine is flawless – it says in the paperwork but that’s safely filed away somewhere. I wasn’t involved in choosing it, but my OH would always try to get “perfect” if possible 🙂

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I chose SI1 from the Blue Nile Signature range. Their sales representatives told me that all of their Signature Ideal diamonds are eye-clean so we decided to opt for SI1 to save the pennies! It’s a small diamond so I’ve only got a diamond dossier (rather than a report showing a plot of the inclusions) but the inclusions are twinning wisps. I can honestly say that I can’t see a single thing even if I look at my ring really closely.

    I would not go any lower than an AGS or GIA SI1, to be honest, unless it was one of those rare AGS or GIA SI2 diamonds that are eye-clean or have inclusions that can be easily hidden underneath one of the prongs.

    I don’t think it’s really worth paying out for a diamond over a VS1. I’m of the opinion that above that you’re generally paying for something you can’t see. I doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference between my SI1 and a VVS1 without the aid of a microscope/loupe!

    Post # 5
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2000

    Internally flawless, but particularly like one description…it’s like paying for a box of air. At the low colors, it hardly makes a price difference and the grade is only at 10x anyway, so why not? I think otherwise would’ve liked a vs1, had a vvs2 and was too hard see the inclusion to helpID it. Anyway, the number/type/location would matter, but have heard some people seeing inclusions starting at vs2 in rare cases.

     

    Post # 6
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    752 posts
    Busy bee

    I1.  You can see one small-ish white feather to the side of the center (sort of).  In sunlight if you look closely you can see it.  I totally don’t mind, and I knew what it looked like when I ordered it.  It brought the cost of the whole ring down a whooole lot and it still appraised for 6-7 grand when I took it to an independent appraiser.  

    It’s a one carat center princess cut in a split shank halo, and it sparkles like CRAZY – it’s kind of blinding in fact and ALMOST looks like too much sparkle on my finger (heh, as if that’s possible).  I absolutely am still in love with it, and I got it about 8 months ago  🙂  

    IMO I1 clarity is not a deal breaker; in fact you can get an awesome deal IF you see the stone beforehand and know what you are paying for.  

     

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    SI1 and completely eye clean. I have never been able to see any inclusions in it, and I’ve had it for almost a year. I also own a geology hand lens (I do not think there is a difference between it and a jeweler’s loup) and cannot find it either. I suspect it is under a prong, because of the AGL  paperwork’s inclusion map. There were no inclusions whatsoever under the table. Good choice for a financially minded perfectionist, imo

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @DaisyBelle:  +1 i dont see anything wrong with I1 diamonds, especially if the cut is ‘very good’ or better. i think “flaws” can actually be beautiful, as it is the diamond’s individual personality. plus it is easy to identify a diamond with an internal trait after cleanings, sizing, and such and can help one distinguish between synthetic stones and diamonds.

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper

    VS1 (GIA). Our reasons/thought process were the same as I mentioned in the diamond color thread. We wanted a “no compromises diamond” and were picky about cut, clarity, color, and lack of fluorescence. Going perfect on all of those would be extremely expensive so for clarity and color we looked for the grade at which we could see the imperfection if we looked for it, but it would not jump out at us when we were just admiring the diamond. So, yes, I can find my tiny black pinpoint, but only with good light and patience, and I already know where it’s supposed to be. With clarity we also did not want feathers (cracks) for durability issues, nor clouds, for performance issues. 

    BTW, I don’t need to see my inclusion to ID my diamond. It has a GIA number inscribed on the girdle for that purpose. I think flawless diamonds are beautiful, and BTW, even they aren’t truly flawless. They are only flawless at 10x magnification. You can still see their unique inclusions with a 20x loupe or higher. They’re gorgeous… just more than we were willing to spend.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @DaisyBelle:  I’d love to see a photo of your ring! I tried on a Canadian Ice round brilliant diamond ring with a pavé band and it was I-coloured and I1 but looked absolutely amazing.

    Post # 11
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    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Mine is VVS1!

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    Mine is VVS1

    Post # 13
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2005

    IF, but my diamond is emerald cut, so I didn’t want to go lower than VVS anyway. 

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I believe I have VS1 and I can’t actually see any inclusions or flaws (and I’ve tried).  I don’t think we had a choice about the stone, it was a premade ring… I wouldn’t change it though.  I have a 3/4ct stone and I think VS1 is perfectly fine for that size.  If money were no object though? Of course I’d want something really clear, but I love my ring. 🙂

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We went for Cut, Clarity, Color.  My diamond is AGS000, VS1, G.   I have looked at my diamond through a jewelers loop and cannot see any inclusions.     

    Post # 16
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    118 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2000

    It’s still useful to know inclusions, especially if prongs or a bezel partially obscure the inscription. I also don’t think there’s anything more beautiful about high clarity, since it can’t be appreciated after a certain point. Just mind clean, if that’s valued. Also merit to having a balanced color and clarity if for possible resale.

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