Clarity describes the visual appearance of inclusions in the diamond. It is quite natural that a diamond contains some sort of inclusions and when holding these structural characteristics minimal, they do not take away any of its beauty. In particular, there are many types of inclusions, such as needles, pinpoints, clouds, or chips. Depending on the type, location, and degree the effect on a diamond’s clarity varies.
The GIA has come forward with a grading scale that classifies diamonds from FL, i.e., flawless through I3, i.e., third degree included. These grades are received when an expert considered the stone in question under 10x magnification. Flawless (FL) and Internally Flawless (IF) are both given when the diamond in question has virtually no flaws in terms of inclusions. Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 & VVS2) are the next best grades that are given when a diamond contains only microscopic inclusions that are so small that it is very hard for an experienced grader to assess them under 10x magnification. These inclusions are never visible to the naked eye.
Very Slightly Included (VS1 & VS2) are given when the diamond in question contains such minor inclusions that they are visible to the naked eye. Slightly Included (SI1 & SI2) are stones that feature inclusions that are visible to the skilled grader under 10x magnification but not visible to the naked eye. Included (I1, I2, I3) classified diamonds are easily visible to the naked eye.
Jonah Levi Co. Standards
At Jonah Levi Co., we adhere to strict standards regarding diamonds’ clarity. While other jewelery houses are gladly working with VS to even SI stones, those diamonds do not make it in our jewelery. The diamonds we find and select are always between FL to VS1 and thus will never have inclusions that will be visible for the naked eye.