Diamond Inclusions: What Are They And Which Are The Worst?

As you search for premium diamond jewelry, you may become puzzled by all the unique terminology in the diamond world. You want a piece that will hold its value for years, but you might be confused when you start to see terms like "slightly included" and "H color grade." 

When it comes to finding the best diamond engagement rings, earrings, or tennis bracelets, it can help to be informed about a piece's clarity level. Let's explore this segment of the four Cs and find out more about diamond inclusions. 

What Is an Inclusion? 

In your search for the best diamond jewelry, you may see the word "clarity" listed as a way to measure a diamond's worth. 

A diamond's clarity refers to the number of inclusions present in a diamond. Inclusions are slight imperfections throughout a stone that influence its appearance and the way it interacts with light. Gemologists grade these imperfections on a scale, which can inform your decision to purchase a particular piece of diamond jewelry. 

Types of Diamond Inclusions 

Did you know 14 possible types of diamond inclusions get measured on a diamond grading report? We won't dive too deeply into each type, but learning briefly about them can help you be informed while searching for the perfect diamond ring or tennis bracelet. 

  • Laser Drill Hole: This type of inclusion isn't visible. It's left behind when a laser drills into a diamond to remove a black inclusion.
  • Crystal: These have the nickname "baby diamonds" because they appear to be smaller stones that got trapped inside a larger diamond while they grew. 
  • Needle: This type of microscopic inclusion is usually long, thin, white, and translucent. 
  • Pinpoint: Pinpoints are one of the most common kinds of inclusions. Under 20x magnification, they look like white or black pinpoints of light.
  • Cloud: This kind of imperfection is white with a hazy appearance, like a cloud.  
  • Twinning Wisp: Twinning wisps mimic skin stretch marks in their appearance. 
  • Knot: Remember crystal inclusions? When they reach the polished surface of a diamond, they're known as "knots."
  • Feather:  A feather is a minuscule crack inside a gemstone's body that mimics a bird's feather with its translucent appearance.
  • Chip: Chips typically occur as openings near a diamond's edges.
  • Cavity: Cavities can be a problematic inclusion within a diamond. When oil and dirt become trapped inside, this inclusion can become more visible.
  • Bruise: This kind of inclusion typically occurs near a diamond's crown and appears as a sustained injury after a damaging impact, just like a bruise on the skin.
  • Etch Channel: These might get confused with laser drill holes since they're both long, thin channels. However, these are natural inclusions usually left by intense heat. 
  • Natural: Natural inclusions are imperfections that experts regard as adding character and beauty to a gem's value. 
  • Indented Natural: An indented natural is the same as a natural inclusion, but it extends into the inside surface of a diamond. 

Diamond Inclusion Grading Scale 

Now that you know more about the different types of diamond inclusions, you might want to see how these imperfections impact a diamond's worth on a practical level. 

Gemologists grade each of these inclusions on a scale between Included and Flawless. As a diamond approaches a Flawless grade, it increases in value. Still, though flawless is the best grade, you don't have to choose an entirely perfect stone to find one that's brilliant and valuable.

How to Choose the Perfect Diamond Jewelry for You 

You might know the four Cs, but how can you know which aspect to prioritize in your search for diamond jewelry? Let's look at a few guiding principles to keep in mind.

Opt for VS Clarity 

When it comes to inclusions, you don't have to go for flawless. If your stone has excellent color and cut, you might go for one with nearly perfect clarity to stay within your budget. As you browse diamond rings and other jewelry, a good rule of thumb is to stick within a VS clarity range. VS implies that a diamond is very slightly included, meaning it's a high-quality stone that would make for an excellent piece of jewelry. 

Prioritize F/G Color Grade 

Aside from clarity, you might wonder what color grading you should prioritize while looking for the best diamond jewelry. Gemologists judge diamonds on a scale of D to Z, with D being the most attractive colorless stone. 

Finding the right diamond for you doesn't have to be challenging. By selecting a stone with an F/G color grade, you'll ensure that you have a beautiful diamond that's affordable and valuable.

Choose 18-Karat Gold or Platinum 

Your diamond jewelry should be supported by high-quality metal. When it comes to the metal you choose for your jewelry, you may want to know that not all metals are equal. If you prefer gold, you'll want to choose 18-karat gold since it's more valuable than 14-karat gold and more durable than pure gold. Rather than selecting silver, go for platinum that's strong and durable through any adventure life may bring your way. 

Noémie Handcrafted Jewelry You'll Love 

Are you looking for the perfect diamond engagement ring for proposing to your beloved? Perhaps you've desired a classic diamond line bracelet for years. Let's explore the high-quality Noémie diamond jewelry that's perfect for your craving.

The Noémie Lab-Grown Solitaire Ring 

Our Lab-Grown Solitaire Engagement Ring combines a classic design with contemporary diamond technology. This lab-grown focal stone boasts an impressive value that's chemically identical to an earth-grown diamond. In an F/G color grade and VS clarity, this band meets high expectations with an attractive price. It will only look more stunning when you add a diamond eternity wedding band beside it.

The Noémie Tennis Bracelet 

Have you been craving a diamond line bracelet to sport in your everyday casual wear? The tennis bracelet is a timeless style that has proven its value over time. 

If you adore casual glamour, our Tennis Bracelet is the perfect addition to your jewelry collection. You can personalize this classic piece by selecting 18-karat white gold, black gold, or rose gold.

The Noémie Split-Hoop Diamond Earring 

Don't forget about earrings as you search for ideal hand-crafted diamond pieces to enhance your jewelry collection. Do you enjoy incorporating nostalgic designs with a contemporary flair into your daily attire? You'll adore our Split-Hoop Diamond Earrings. They're inspired by Paris in the 1920s, and they display 14 radiant VS clarity diamonds.

The Noémie Oval-Cut Eternity Band 

If you're searching for wedding jewelry, you may want to find unique pieces you can enjoy for a lifetime. Our Oval-Cut Diamond Eternity Band is an ideal choice for a wedding band to compliment your engagement ring. Each rare oval cut diamond lining this band features VS clarity stones with a gorgeous F/G color grade. 

To Wrap it Up 

Finding ideal diamond jewelry for your preferences shouldn't be difficult. At Noémie, we're pleased to provide only the best quality fine hand-crafted jewelry, so you never have to wonder if your piece has value. 

Whether you're searching for a striking diamond engagement ring or a gorgeous diamond bracelet to treat yourself, you can trust that Noémie's diamonds will always impress with world-class clarity. 

Sources:

Diamond Inclusion Types - The Complete List with Explanations! | Your Diamond Teacher

GIA 4Cs Clarity | GIA

GIA 4Cs Color D-to-Z | GIA