Engagement Rings – The Clarity of a Diamond


By now, if you have done any research about diamonds in anticipation of buying one for an engagement ring, you will have come across the term the” 4 Cs.” Each of the 4Cs – Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat weight affect the beauty and consequently the value of a diamond. In this article we will focus on the clarity of the diamond, what it means, and as a logical progression how it affects the value of a diamond.

Diamond clarity refers to the existence, whether visual or not, of imperfections in the diamond. When the imperfections are internal, they are called inclusions; when they are external, they are called blemishes. Inclusions and blemishes may be any of the following type: cleavages, bearding, fissures, clouds, and nicks.

Most imperfections do not affect the actual structural integrity or performance of the diamond, however clouds may influence a diamond’s ability to transmit and reflect light and near to surface cracks may render a diamond more susceptible to future fracture.

The Diamond Clarity Scale

The Gemological Institute of America has devised a diamond clarity scale (pictured below).
Diamond Clarity Chart

As a rule of thumb, the higher the clarity the higher the value of the diamond; however, other factors also come into play such as the other 3 Cs. In short, when buying a diamond for an engagement ring, unless you have a limitless budget, there are going to be trade-offs. For example, you may have to sacrifice clarity for carat weight or cut for color – it is a complex equation with no correct answer.

Is there value in “Eye Clean” Diamonds?

In the diamond trade there is a concept pertaining to clarity known as “eye clean.” This simply means that a diamond’s faults cannot be seen by the naked eye. The fact is that it is rare for someone to pull out a jeweller’s loupe to inspect your diamond when you are showing it off. Your gem quality diamond should sparkle brilliantly if its clarity is VS2 or better and perhaps even at SI1-SI2 clarity depending on the inclusions and where they are located. Consequently, there may be good value found in buying a diamond with a lower clarity that is eye clean.

Buy with confidence

As you can see, buying a diamond for an engagement ring may be more complex than you envisaged and to add to the complexity unfortunately there are unethical dealers in the industry. A good solution that will simplify the engagement ring buying process is to purchase a ring from a recognized and reputable jewellery manufacturer. These manufacturers have the experience of buying only the best stones for the best prices and because they buy in bulk they achieve better prices then retail buyers. These savings are often passed on to the consumer. Two examples of such manufacturers are Simon-G and Henri Daussi, both of which are family owned and operated.

Simon G Diamond Ring

Stunning Diamond Engagement Ring by Simon G

Simon-G Jewelry has been in business for 31 years. It is acknowledged as a leading bridal and fashion jewellery brand. Simon-G is known for its dramatic and bold designs as well as high quality, and craftsmanship, resulting in it winning numerous awards and recognitions. Also, Simon-G uses only top clarity diamonds for its rings.

Daussi Engagement Ring

Stunning Diamond Cluster ring by Henry Daussi

Henri Daussi engagement rings incorporate a stunning combination of different coloured metals and diamonds to create unique and stylish pieces of jewellery. Henri Daussi engagement rings stand out from the crowd and are highly coveted. Buying a Henri Daussi ring is your assurance of acquiring magnificent design with a top quality diamond.


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  1. Engagement rings with clear diamonds are available in a wide range of metals. Some of the most famous are the metals: gold, platinum, white gold, and the combination of both gold and white gold. In the market platinum become more expensive and white gold and sold well.

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    Well many experts say that if a diamond is eye clean then the cut of diamonds becomes more important to identify its genuineness. Although, all the diamonds look shiny and beautiful, however it is important to check their cut, clarity, carat and color of the diamonds this helps in determining their actual worth.

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    br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}I had come across the fact that if the diamond is eye clean then it become necessary to identify its authenticity. Also while buying a diamond u need to concern an ethical dealer.