Every GIA graded diamond has a clarity grade – however, these grades can be quite broad. At Samara James, we hand-pick diamonds which are towards the the top of each grade of clarity, rather than the middle or bottom. In this video we show why this is important.
By definition, every single diamond is completely unique. This is why two diamonds, that may sound the same on paper, can look completely different in real life. One of the factors that makes a diamond unique is the clarity of the stone and, in particular, the nature and position of the impurities or inclusions.
Every diamond has different types of inclusions, formed over billions of years. If you take a particular grade of clarity, for example SI2, you would find a range of diverse appearances from good to bad.
If you select a particularly nice SI2 clarity diamond, there will be some inclusions visible under magnification, but these are not visible to the naked eye. But if you select a lower quality SI2, then the inclusions will be much more prominent and will be visible to the naked eye.
Diamonds which have the same level of clarity will often be priced very differently, even though they are the same GIA clarity grade. Thus, prices for individual diamonds on the Internet can vary considerably, even if the certificate information appears identical.