Post # 1
So my ring has a clarity of S12-I1, and it definitely sparkles. However, since I joined the Bee, I am really beginning to realize how much sparkle is affected by diamond clarity (my other ring I had before this relatonship was a sparkly I1 as well, so obviously I dont have much to compare it to, IRL)
The weird thing is, when I look at my stone, I honestly do not see any inclusions, and the jeweler said the same thing wehn my Fiance bought it. So, I gues my question is, is it possible for inclusions, to not be visible per se, but still block light and give a slightly hazy appearnce? Any help would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
Yes, cloud-like inclusions will be very much like that. They should still be visible at that grade, however.
Post # 4
at that grade they’re definitely visible. maybe your setting covers them well?
Post # 5
If it’s hazy, it could just be dirty. I get soap and whatever build up under my stone and it doesn’t sparkle as much. Just try to clean it really well and often and it may help.
Post # 6
Clarity has very little to do with sparkle and light return, unless it is severely included then it will look cloudy. Cut is far more important when it comes to sparkle!
Post # 7
Clarity does affect sparkle because inclusions interfere with the light path (light bounces off of them and doesn’t go in the direction it would have if they were not there), clouds more than carbon inclusions because they are significantly larger, at the same grade. Because they are white they are less noticable at the same size than black inclusions, and the clarity grade is taking into account their noticability, not actual size, that’s why they’re bigger.
Perfect clarity with bad cut will not sparkle, but that’s not to say we should neglect clarity’s role in sparkle. Good quality in both are needed to truly dazzle.
ETA: another factor that will make a stone look hazy is flourescence.
Post # 8
Yes, the inclusions are probably making it cloudy. That’s what my first center stone was and it bothered me enough that we eventually upgraded it a bit (with the same size stone)
Post # 9
Oh sure. See, the thing is every diamond is different- I had an SI1 that was internally flawless- but it had a chip on the side (very small) that gave it that rating- I just covered it up with a prong.
But maybe I don’t understand your post (from reading the other responses) because it sounded like you thought yours was sparkly, not cloudy-? Normally inclusions on an I do make it cloudy- I am just saying that it is possible for the inclusions to be somewhere else – like the side of the diamond, and therefore that thing can still sparkle and shine.
Post # 10
I have an eye clean I1. I’ve seen it under a microscope, and it has an occluded crystal and some feathers and nothing else. It does look a little cloudy in darker lighting, but I see it every day, so I notice things like that.
Post # 11
I have an I1 diamond, you can see the inclusion if you look really really close and it is really really clean and only after a fair bit of searching for it. Never even noticed it until finally a jeweller pointed it out.
It does not make my ring less sparkly, its way more sparkly than some of my friends who have “better” diamonds. But theirs may not be in as good a setting or something I dont know.
Post # 12
Fluorescence in and of itself very rarely makes a stone cloudy. Some stones with strong fluorescence may appear milky/hazy.
Post # 13
Hey ladies, thank you all for your input. I think the comment about being a ‘cloud’ inclusion is correct; if you look very, very carefully you can see asmall one in the upper left of the stone. I am thinking the prongs are strategically placed, and it must be well cut, because it definitely does sparkle.
I’m rethiking my use of the word hazy, since its not very noticeable.. perhaps dull would be a better word, as Vorpalette mentioned about her stone. I know its kind of a confusing description, as Cbee mentioned, as it is sparkly, its just not as sparkly as I’d like.. but i cant really see much in the way of inclusions, if that makes sense.
But hey, this is my ring for now, (he did mention getting me a whole new ring down the line..lucky me!!!) so I guess i’ll just keep it as clean as I can 🙂 Thanks again for the input ladies; its appreciated as always 🙂