Rough diamonds look a lot like pieces of crystal or even broken glass. It is only after it is worked on by skilled lapidaries that they become the sparkling gemstones we see. Lapidaries are artisans who work on transforming rough stones into decorative, faceted diamonds. However, when you take a closer look into the diamond with the help of a jeweller's loupe, under 10x magnification, you will see tiny features, like feathers and crystals within it. This map of tiny inclusions is unique to diamonds. They are natural identifiers to help gemologists to identify its origin, and to tell if it is naturally made; you can even say they are a diamonds fingerprint.
Coming across a flawless diamond can be rare, but diamonds with only a few tiny features can be just as rare too. This is why there are so many clarity grades for diamonds. There are six clarity grades, with eleven subcategories within them: Flawless, Internally Flawless, Very Very Slightly Included, Very Slightly Included, Slightly Included and Included.
The top of the scale starts with the more subtler inclusions that are only visible under 10x magnification, and ends with distinctions that are more visible to the naked eye.
When a diamond is rough and uncut, clarity can be the most difficult to access. The cutter doesn't only have to determine the existence of any inclusions within the diamond, but also its exact location. Even the slightest miscalculation in locating the inclusions can be disastrous once the diamond has been cleaved and faceted. The same is applied to diamond graders. They have to look at the number, size and location of these inclusions.
We all want to own exceptional quality diamonds that are well cut with magnificent brilliance and sparkle. This is why at Radiant Bay, we only use diamonds of VVS to I1 clarity grade. We also allow you to customise your jewellery, giving you an option to not only choose the metal and metal colour, but also the quality of your diamond.
We all want quality gems that last forever. Check out Beyond Brilliance: Why cut is the Most Important of the 4Cs to learn more about diamonds and their qualities.
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