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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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Clarity for Beginners

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

Most Expensive Clarity Grades

Is a D Color Flawless Diamond Worth the Price?
Should I Buy a VVS Diamond? 6 Pros & Cons
Should I Buy a VVS1 Clarity Diamond?
Should I Buy a VVS2 Clarity Diamond?
Is a VS Clarity Diamond a Good Choice?
Is a VS1 Clarity Diamond a Good Buy?
Should I Buy a VS2 Clarity Diamond?

Moderately Priced Clarity Grades

Is an SI Clarity Diamond a Good Deal?
Is an SI1 Clarity Diamond a Good Choice?
Is an SI2 Clarity Diamond Eye-Clean?

Least Expensive Clarity Grades

Is an I Clarity Diamond a Good Buy?
Can an I1 Clarity Diamond be Eye-Clean?