Buying Guides

Diamond Clarity


As you can guess from the name, diamond clarity measures the number and size of the imperfections in a diamond. Many of these imperfections are so tiny that they don’t impact the beauty of a diamond to the naked eye. Most jewellers call them blemishes or inclusions, and use a standardised grading system that describes the perfection of the diamond.

Diamond grading agencies, such as GIA, use 10x magnification in the process of determining a diamond’s clarity grading. At the high end of the scale, we start with FL and IF to VVS (Very, Very Small Inclusions), VS (Very Small Inclusions), SI (Small Inclusions) and finally to I (Imperfect). See the image below to understand the diamond clarity grading scale.

diamond clarity grading

Diamonds with no visible imperfections are extremely rare and costly. They carry the diamond grade FL (Flawless) or IF (Internally Flawless). If rarity isn’t important to you, then consider choosing a diamond that visually has no imperfections to your eye, which are found in the SI (Slightly Included) range.

Also remember that the jeweller is not the one grading the diamond. There are standard grading reports done by many agencies around the world. Some are more reliable than others. It’s important to have a jeweller you can trust that will help you decide what diamond is right for you. If you want to know more about how diamond clarity is officially graded, you’re invited to learn more about diamond certification or see the video below.


Don’t forget – engagement rings are more than just diamonds attached to a ring. They represent your love, your “forever after”, and they should match your partner’s character. I can help you pick the best diamond for your budget, but you’ll do most of the work while I Guide You Through the Process of Choosing the Most Suitable Shape.

When you browse the Internet for information about diamond characteristics in engagement rings, you will find that most jewellers talk about 4 Cs as the most descriptive characteristic of a diamond, which determines the overall diamond beauty and sparkle. Perhaps the most important s diamond cut. There are even more characteristics to consider, such as fluorescence. However, when choosing the right diamond for your loved one, you can even look beyond these technical aspects and find the right diamond with your heart. Remember – beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Therefore, the engagement ring should be chosen by you, for your loved one, not through a catalogue or a popularity guide.


Find your engagement ring in Toronto! You can visit us at our custom engagement ring design studio located in downtown Toronto.

Although our service is by appointment only, all of our consultations are absolutely free. We promise never to make you feel like you’re browsing at a car lot for your engagement ring. I’m Aret, the owner, and I will show you how to impress her with a ring that looks like you spent $20,000 when you only spent $6,000. You’re kindly invited to book your free design consultation here.

Yours truly,


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