Canadian DiamondsAs you can see from our page on the history of diamonds, the formation of a diamond is not a gentle process. Diamond Clarity

The extreme heat and pressure that diamonds undergo during their formation can cause air bubbles, stains, and other marks that affect their purity, their clarity.

Any such marks on a diamond are referred to as inclusions. 

These are noted because every inclusion will affect the way the diamond is able to reflect the light.

Most diamonds have inclusions. 

The most obvious preference of course, is that the inclusions are not visible to the naked eye. 

Diamonds are examined under 10x mafnification to search for inclusions. 

Your 3 stone diamond ring may have inclusions in it, and still be an absolutely beautiful piece of jewelry!

Diamonds are graded according to the GIA International Diamond Grading System below:

  • FL (Flawless): A diamond is said to belong to the FL grade if no clarity flaws are detected when observed under 10x magnification.
  • IF (Internally Flawless): An IF diamond has flaws that are present only on the surface. These can be removed by further polishing.
  • VVS1, VVS2 (Very Very Slightly Imperfect): These diamonds have inclusions that are present, bu difficult to see even under 10x magnification.
  • VS1, VS2 (Very Slightly Imperfect): These diamonds have inclusions that can't be seen with the naked eyes, but are visible under 10x magnification.
  • SI1, SI2 (Slightly Imperfect): These are diamonds in which the flaws are visible to the naked eye.
  • I1, I2, I3 (Imperfect): These refer to diamonds wherein the imperfections can be clearly seen with the naked eye.