In the 4Cs of diamond grading, clarity is definitely an intriguing characteristic. What exactly is clarity? It is the state of being clear or transparent. Diamond clarity is the presence or absence of internal attributes known as inclusions or external ones known as blemishes. As you can imagine, the gemologists at AGS Laboratories sometimes come across diamonds with very unusual clarity characteristics.
Since many inclusions and blemishes can be difficult to see with the naked eye, they are graded at 10x magnification. Grading at 10x is a jewelry industry standard to determine the final clarity grade of the diamond. Here are four of these clarity wonders. Be sure to click the images for a larger view.
The Happy Face
Look at the white spots just to the left of the diamond’s center in what is known as the Table Facet. This photo was taken at 30x magnification with a microscope.
This image is at 50x magnification. Look at the top right part of the diamond and you’ll see a winged crystal figure.
This photo was taken at 40x magnification of a green crystal inclusion within the diamond.
Next is a purple crystal inclusion, taken at 20x magnification.
Diamond graders plot the inclusions they see in the diamond on a diagram which is included on AGS diamond grading reports. See how AGS Laboratories’ diamond graders plot diamonds.
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