Diamond Clarity Defined: A Buyers Guide

If you're not a gemologist, shopping for diamond jewelry can quickly become confusing. You've likely heard to evaluate a diamond's "4 Cs," but what does that really mean? While you search for diamond jewelry, you may have seen different scales grading a diamond's clarity, but what are those scales measuring? Let's explore the meaning of diamond clarity and ten pieces of diamond jewelry you'll enjoy wearing.

Answering Your Clarity Questions 

When you think of clarity, what comes to mind? You may picture a clear glass window, clear blue skies, or a clear body of water. These examples give you an idea of what clarity is, but judging diamond clarity is much more precise. Let's walk through a few common questions you may have about your jewelry's value and clarity. 

What Is Clarity? 

As we mentioned, clarity is more than a descriptive word indicating a see-through appearance. In diamonds, this term refers to the absence of inclusions. Inclusions are microscopic imperfections in the stone that can lower a diamond's value. 

Why do those imperfections matter? Though often minuscule, they affect the price of your jewelry. You'll want to know the clarity level of a diamond to ensure its integrity and value against other stones. 

Who Can Judge a Diamond's Clarity?

The imperfections that determine a diamond's clarity are rarely discernible by the naked eye. Typically, trained gemologists use a magnification loupe to observe a diamond's characteristics at a 10x magnification. Next, they determine the shape, position, size, and number of inclusions within the stone. 

These observations yield a rating for the diamond that influences its market value.

What Do Different Clarity Ratings Mean? 

When a gemologist rates a diamond's clarity, they carefully observe the diamond's inclusions and then compare them to a universal scale. Here are a few of the standard clarity ratings and their meanings:

Included (I1, I2, I3): These diamonds contain multiple obvious imperfections when observed through a 10x magnification.

Slightly Included (SI1, SI2): Diamonds with this rating contain noticeable imperfections under a 10x magnification.

Very Slightly Included (VS1, VS2): Diamonds with this rating contain barely noticeable imperfections at a 10x magnification setting.

Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1, VVS2): This diamond clarity rating indicates inclusions that are extremely difficult for even a trained gemologist to observe at 10x magnification.

Internally Flawless: This rating shows that the diamond in question has no visible imperfections at a 10x magnification.

Flawless: This rating means that the diamond being observed has no flaws or imperfections at 10x magnification.

How Can I Ensure my Diamond Jewelry Has Excellent Clarity? 

If all of these ratings are given by gemologists with a powerful magnification tool, how can you be sure your diamond jewelry is authentic? 

One way is to buy from jewelers who include a detailed IGI report. This report shows you your diamond jewelry's exact specifications from a trusted expert source. Reputable jewelers will be able to provide you with this kind of report.

Do Ethical Diamonds Have Exceptional Clarity? 

The reason diamonds have imperfections is because of natural influences in their environment as they grow. These influencing factors are no different in lab-mined diamonds. Though lab-mined diamonds are made in a more controlled environment, they're subject to imperfections like natural-mined diamonds. Regardless, it is possible to find high-clarity lab-mined diamonds at a more affordable price than the natural-mined alternative.

Eight IGI-Certified Diamond Jewelry Pieces to Enjoy

Now that you have an understanding of clarity in diamonds, you can put your knowledge to the test. Let's explore eight pieces of Noémie diamond jewelry with exceptional clarity and stunning design.

1. Chevron Diamond Band 

Have you been looking for a diamond band that's as unique as you are? Perhaps you enjoy understated glamour with modern details. 

Our Chevron Diamond Band marries uniqueness with simple elegance in one ring. It features beautiful round VS clarity diamonds set in 18K rose gold, white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. Wear it alone or pair it with an engagement ring for a beautiful wedding jewelry combination. 

2. Diamond Eternity Band Ring 

Here's a classic option to consider. Our Noémie Diamond Eternity Band Ring showcases dazzling round VS clarity diamonds around its circumference. You can customize this ring by choosing 18K rose gold, yellow gold, black gold, white gold, or platinum for this timeless piece. 

You can choose to use this ring in a wedding jewelry set or as a classic staple piece of jewelry for your everyday attire. 

3. Diamond Hoop Earrings 

You might already wear hoop earrings, but these are uniquely glamorous. Our Noémie Diamond Hoop Earrings display VS clarity diamonds both inside and outside their hoops. These earrings contain a 1-Carat weight of sparkling diamonds, making them a stunning accessory to dress up your look. Choose them in 18k gold or platinum – whatever suits your taste.

4. Huggie Baguette Earrings 

These diamond earrings draw inspiration from the geometric styles of the past. Our Huggie Baguette Earrings feature a close-knit hoop design that causes them to hug your ears. On the outside, they display brilliant VS clarity baguette-cut diamonds. You can customize this pair to your liking in 18k rose gold, white gold, yellow gold, or black gold. 

5. Tennis Bracelet 

What's more iconic than a tennis bracelet? This piece of diamond jewelry has been well-loved for decades for its ability to add sophistication to any look. Our Noémie Tennis bracelet displays nearly 2 carats of VS clarity diamonds in a flexible bracelet setting. You can customize this bracelet to your size so that it will be a perfect fit for you. 

6. Compass Diamond Pendant 

This piece of jewelry is a reminder that you can always find your way to your destiny. In 18K yellow gold, our Noémie Compass Diamond Pendant showcases thirty-four round sparkling VS clarity diamonds. It's a beautiful piece you can pair with other necklaces or wear on its own. 

7. Solitaire Diamond Ring 

While shopping for engagement jewelry, you're likely keeping an eye out for rings that have excellent cut, color, and clarity. Our Noémie Solitaire Diamond Ring is an example of that. This classic engagement ring style features a bold solitaire diamond with a VS clarity and G color rating. You can customize which metal you prefer and the carat size to ensure your ring is to your liking.

8. Vintage Diamond Band

Do you enjoy vintage clothing, cars, or interior decor? You may also be interested in vintage-inspired diamond rings. 

Our Noémie Vintage Diamond Band displays a whimsical silhouette inlaid with gorgeous VS clarity diamonds. This ring draws inspiration from the past while elevating your modern wardrobe. You can customize this band by choosing 18k rose gold, white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. You can also engrave this piece for added personalization.

Final Thoughts

You deserve to know the details about the jewelry you buy. At Noémie, we always use high-quality materials to offer you consistent value in the Noémie pieces you choose. 

Our diamonds are always VS clarity, meaning they are flawless to the naked eye and will sparkle brilliantly for years to come. Knowing our diamond quality never wavers means you can choose the Noémie pieces you adore with complete confidence in their value. 

Sources:

What is Diamond Clarity | The 4Cs of Diamond Quality by GIA 

Judging Diamond Quality | Totalprestige Magazine 

Diamond Clarity - How to Select Diamond Clarity  | Jewelry Designs