From diamond earrings to engagement rings, Canada is now producing diamonds with world-class clarity. The greater a diamond's clarity, the more brilliant, valuable and rare it is.
Clarity is graded using a very precise and complex method of evaluating the size, location, and visibility of inclusions. Almost all diamonds contain very tiny natural birthmarks known as inclusions. To determine a diamond's clarity, an expert views it under 10 power magnification. In addition to internal inclusions, surface irregularities are referred to as blemishes. These two categories of imperfections -inclusions (internal) and blemishes (external)- make up clarity.
The fewer the imperfections, the rarer and more valuable the diamond. Many inclusions are not discernable to the naked eye and require magnification to become apparent. A laboratory certified clarity rating of SI2 represents the point at which inclusions are technically not apparent to the average naked eye.
Diamonds categorized as Flawless reveal no inclusions, and are treasured for their rarity and beauty.
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