(Closed) Easier to see inclusions Bigger or smaller Carat

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
3828 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

depends how big the inclusion is…if the same size inclusion was in both stones then you would see them equally…but when you get into the step cuts you can see the smallest inclusion because it is such a clear cut

Post # 4
4394 posts
Honey bee

in general, it’s easier to see inclusions as the carat weight gets larger

ETA: i don’t think there’s much difference in what you will see between .25 and .5 though. it would be easier to see an inclusion in a 2 carat stone that a 1 carat stone, but with that size difference, it won’t be as noticeable usually.

Post # 5
12 posts
  • Wedding: January 2002

The larger the diamond, the larger the table (flat part on top). The table can be compared to a window. Obviously, if you have a larger window to look through, you will see inclusions much easier.
This is, why many flawless stones are cut into Emerald cuts, since the stone itself is one huge window and therefore shows of the lack of inclusions.

Post # 6
7439 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

It depends solely on the inclusion.  Which is WHY they have categories to them…

From Wikipedia… Diamond Clarity = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_clarity

The GIA Diamond Grading Scale is divided into 6 categories and 11 Grades.  The Clarity Categories and Grades are…

FLAWLESS (FL) – Diamonds have no inclusions or blemishes visible under 10x magnification.

INTERNALLY FLAWLESS (IF) – Diamonds have no inclusions visible under 10x magnification, only small blemishes on the diamond surface.

VERY, VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED (VVS) – Diamonds have minute inclusions that are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification.

The VVS category is divided into two grades; VVS1 denotes a higher clarity grade than VVS2. Pinpoints and needles set the grade at VVS.

VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED (VS) – Diamonds have minor inclusions that are difficult to somewhat easy for a trained grader to see when viewed under 10x magnification.

The VS category is divided into two grades; VS1 denotes a higher clarity grade than VS2. Typically the inclusions in VS diamonds are invisible without magnification, however infrequently some VS2 inclusions may still be visible. An example would be on a large emerald cut diamond which has a small inclusion under the corner of the table

SLIGHTLY INCLUDED (SI) – Diamonds have noticeable inclusions that are easy to very easy for a trained grader to see when viewed under 10x magnification.

The SI category is divided into two grades; SI1 denotes a higher clarity grade than SI2. These may or may not be noticeable to the naked eye.

INCLUDED (I) – Diamonds have obvious inclusions that are clearly visible to a trained grader under 10x magnification.  Included diamonds have inclusions that are usually visible without magnification or have inclusions that threaten the durability of the stone.

The I category is divided into three grades; I1 denotes a higher clarity grade than I2, which in turn is higher than I3. Inclusions in I1 diamonds often are seen to the unaided eye. I2 inclusions are easily seen, while I3 diamonds have large and extremely easy to see inclusions that typically impact the brilliance of the diamond, as well as having inclusions that are often likely to threaten the structure of the diamond.

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So, ONLY INCLUDED (I) CATEGORY Diamonds have inclusions that are visible to the naked eye… for everything else one needs a Jeweller’s Loop

So it doesn’t matter what size the diamond is… you shouldn’t see anything in a Diamond that has a clarity of SI and above.

Of the 4Cs (Carat – Cut – Clarity – and Colour), I would rank Clarity in the top half… as it is one of the things that makes a Diamond look good… and sparkle.  But as the “threshold” is low for the naked eye, you could get away with more here for your Dollar value.

Personally, I put my Diamond Dollars into Colour and Cut (Quality as well as shape), followed by Clarity and Carat.  As I saw my diamond as a lifetime investment so we bought the best diamond we could afford… more than we did size.

Hope this helps,


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