Diamonds - Brilliant Jewelers
Range of Diamond Clarity:
   The number, location, size, and type of inclusions trace minerals, fractures, or other tiny flaws determines the clarity grade of a diamond. With so many variables, the gemological laboratories that grade diamonds must apply a detailed system of rules and standards in order to summarize a clarity grade.

Reading a Clarity Plot:
The charts below are clarity plots, which show the number and size of inclusions typically present in diamonds of a particular clarity grade. Look for a clarity plot on a diamond certificate, or grading report, to get a clear idea of the number and size of inclusions in a particular diamond. From this map, you can gauge a diamond's clarity without even seeing the diamond.

How to Grade Clarity:
Gemologists use grades of clarity to summarize the number, location, size, and type of inclusions a diamond has. These grades range from flawless (FL) and internally flawless (IF) to included (I3), with the numbers indicating varying degrees of quality within a grade (1 being the best). All diamonds at Brilliant Jewelers range from flawless (FL) to slightly included (SI2) and are "eye-clean," which means flaws are difficult to notice through the crown without magnification.

What Clarity is Best?
We recommend that you select a diamond that has no inclusions visible to the unaided eye, like VS1 and VS2. Diamonds of this clarity are much less expensive than flawless diamonds, and will not contain inclusions that would otherwise detract from the beauty of the diamond. But, if you'd rather not compromise on clarity but are budget conscious, choose a diamond with a good cut and G or H color.