What Diamond Clarity Is Best?

Welcome to Emerson Fine Jewelry, where exceptional quality meets extraordinary craftsmanship. In our pursuit of excellence, we offer this comprehensive guide on diamond clarity - an essential facet of our curated, heirloom-quality diamonds. Grasp the brilliance of diamond clarity as we explore the illustrious world of the 'Four C's' - Cut, Carat, Color, and Clarity.

Understanding Diamond Clarity

Diamond clarity, an integral aspect of a diamond's allure, refers to the absence or presence of unique internal characteristics known as inclusions, and external traits called blemishes. A flawless gem has neither inclusions nor blemishes and is hence considered of the highest clarity. 

This level of clarity intensifies a diamond’s inherent beauty, magnifying its extraordinary radiance.

The GIA Diamond Clarity Scale

The prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) provides a standardized clarity scale, a universally accepted measure of a diamond's purity. The scale categorizes diamonds into:

  • Flawless (FL): Exhibits no inclusions or blemishes visible under 10x magnification.
  • Internally Flawless (IF): Has no inclusions and only minor blemishes visible under 10x magnification.
  • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2): Contains minute inclusions that are difficult to see under 10x magnification.
  • Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2): Has minor inclusions visible under 10x magnification.
  • Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2): Features noticeable inclusions under 10x magnification.
  • Included (I1, I2, and I3): Bears' obvious inclusions and/or blemishes visible under 10x magnification, potentially affecting transparency and brilliance.

Which Diamond Clarity is the Best?

Defining the 'best' clarity grade intertwines complex considerations with personal preferences. Balancing clarity with other characteristics of the diamond - cut, carat, color - significantly influences your choice. 

An exquisite diamond is not solely a testament to high clarity but is also a tribute to its symmetrical cut, captivating color, and perfect carat weight. While higher clarity often fetches a higher price, many diamonds with lower clarity grades can appear flawless to the naked eye, offering extraordinary beauty within your budget.

Tips for Choosing the Right Clarity

At Emerson Fine Jewelry, we recommend viewing diamonds under magnification before purchase to discern the level of clarity accurately. Remember, a diamond with high clarity does not always translate into a better diamond. 

Lower clarity grades, when chosen smartly, can provide an extraordinary diamond at a lesser cost, a perfect fit for your unique jewelry piece.

The Role of Diamond Cut and Shape in Clarity

A diamond's cut and shape play a pivotal role in its perceived clarity. A masterfully hand-crafted cut can mitigate the visibility of inclusions, intensifying the diamond's brilliance. Certain diamond shapes require higher clarity grades due to their ability to reflect light, making inclusions more noticeable.

Clarity and Diamond Certification

Transparency is paramount in our ethical commitment. When choosing a diamond, a certificate from a reputable lab, such as GIA, attests to its quality and clarity. Reading and understanding a diamond certificate is crucial in selecting an exquisite diamond of exceptional value.


In the realm of diamonds, clarity plays a critical role. Yet, the allure of a diamond is not just its clarity but a harmonious blend of cut, color, and carat. At Emerson Fine Jewelry, we curate timeless, extraordinary diamonds, and encourage you to prioritize your personal preference and budget in your selection.

Discover the enduring allure of our fine diamonds, each hand-crafted with meticulous attention to detail. "If you can dream it, we can design it!" Explore the endless possibilities of our custom design services and our exceptional selection today at Emerson Fine Jewelry.

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