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The 4 Cs of Diamonds - Clarity


Some inclusions — tiny crystals and other features within gems — will have no impact on a diamond’s clarity grade and value. Others can negatively affect not only a diamond’s beauty but also its structural integrity. Sometimes, diamonds with low clarity grades can still be “eye clean” and might make great buys. Confused? Learn how to judge a diamond’s clarity for yourself.

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Should I Buy a VVS2 Clarity Diamond?

Should I Buy a VVS2 Clarity Diamond?

One of the four Cs by which a diamond's quality is measured is clarity. The best of the best are...
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Should I Buy a VVS1 Clarity Diamond?

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Can an I1 Clarity Diamond be Eye-Clean?

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Is a VS Clarity Diamond a Good Choice?

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Should I Buy a VS2 Clarity Diamond?

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Is an I Clarity Diamond a Good Buy?

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Is an SI Clarity Diamond a Good Deal?

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Diamond Buying and the 4 Cs, Part 4: Assessing Diamond Clarity

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