The diamond clarity is a very important factor when it comes to making sure whether a diamond has a nice look or not!
A diamond with a really nice look does not have any visible inclusion! Any inclusion that you can see with your naked eye will look ugly and lower the appearance of the diamond tremendously.
This is why diamond experts like yourdiamondteacher.com recommend to only choose diamonds that have no inclusions that can be made out with the eye. Such diamonds are also called eye clean diamonds.
How do you get eye clean diamonds?
Of course you could simply choose a flawless diamond and you could be sure to have an eye clean diamond. Flawless diamonds however are very rare and expensive.
After the “Internally Flawless” clarity grade there are also several more clarity grades most of which are always eye clean.
The problem with these clarity grades is the fact that you are just paying too much money.
You have to ask yourself the following question: What kind of diamond do you actually want?
Well, it should be a diamond that has no visible inclusions! But as long as this is the case why should you pay more for a higher clarity grades that does not give you any additional benefits!
It is foolish to pay for things that you can only make out on the grading report!
This is why our top recommendation is to go with SI1 diamonds!
SI1 actually stands for Slighty Included 1. It refers to inclusions that are noticeable under 10x magnification.
Is it really a good idea to buy diamonds with the SI1 clarity grade?
The tricky thing about SI1 diamonds however is that some of SI1 diamonds also have inclusions that can be made out with the bare eyes.
This is exactly why you will need to have to look more than closely at a SI1 diamond before actually deciding to buy it!
Many people automatically discard SI1 diamond rings because they have heard that there were cases of ugly SI1 diamonds.
Of course, it is true that you can go out and find SI1 diamonds that are not eye clean!
But you can just as well find SI1 diamonds that do not have any ugly inclusion inside! In fact, most SI1 diamonds do not have a visible inclusion!
This is why we think that in general it is a good idea to buy a SI1 diamond. Of course, you want to make sure that you can examine the diamond beforehand. You never want to buy a SI1 diamond blindly!
This is why we actually recommend not to buy from diamond vendors such as Blue Nile.
Blue Nile does not give you any options to view the diamond! This is why in that particular case we consider it to be a rather bad idea to buy from Blue Nile
But if you are buying a diamond at a local jewelry store we think it might be a pretty good idea to ask for SI1 diamonds.
Is it not safer to go for VS2 diamonds?
There are always people who do not want to take any risk whatsoever. To these people we can only recommend to buy a VS2 clarity diamond.
The good thing about VS2 diamonds is that they never contain visible inclusions.
VS2 diamonds cost more than SI1 diamonds but for people that don’t want to take any chances VS2 diamonds might be the best choice!
In our personal experience we have never encountered an VS2 diamond with visible inclusions.
As you surely know there are still many other clarity grades above the VS2 clarity grade.
While it still makes sense to go for a VS2 diamond we think that any clarity grade higher than that is just a waste of money!
Instead of paying for such premium features we would rather advise people to take the money they can save on the diamond clarity and invest it into a larger diamond carat weight.
This makes more sense and ensures that you will get the best value for your precious money!
Especially for diamond earrings we recommend to go for the SI1 clarity grade. This is simply due to the fact that diamond earrings will be scrutinized much less than diamonds that belong to an engagement ring!