Pink Diamond Clarity
Know How to Acquire the Best Australian Pink Diamonds
The supply of pink diamonds is getting low as the Argyle mine that was producing these precious gems has reached its shelf life. Argyle Diamond Investments Pty Ltd will educate you step by step with everything you need to know about investing in Australian pink diamonds.
Diamonds are produced deep in the Earth and undergo extreme heat and pressure. As a result, diamonds are bound to have imperfections. It is a fact that less than half of one percent of all diamonds in the world are flawless or internally flawless. These diamonds are very rare and very expensive. The numbers are even lower when it comes to coloured diamonds, no matter what colour you want to own.
Flawless or internally flawless diamonds need a huge investment, and it may lead people to unnecessarily overspend. However, if you know the crucial factors that you should look for while buying diamonds, you may save a lot of money. In this guide, we are going to discuss diamond clarity as it is one of the vital factor that plays a crucial role in your diamond buying decision.
What is diamond clarity?
Diamond clarity can be defined as a method that assesses the minor imperfections present internally or on the stone’s surface. The flaws present on the surface of a pink diamond are called blemishes, and you can think of it as a scar caused by trauma to the exterior of the stone. On the other hand, the internal defects carried by this gemstone are called inclusions. Not, as you might assume, that these tiny and naturally occurring blemishes or inclusions always distort the beauty of the diamond. ‘Salt and pepper’ diamonds illustrate that this beauty factor is only an opinion. However, a qualitative metric – a Clarity scale is used to grade the diamonds based on their blemishes and inclusions. The diamonds carrying the least and smallest inclusions will attain the highest grades in terms of clarity.
Clarity grades and their meaning
Flawless or Internally Flawless. These are among the most celebrated when it comes to pink diamonds because FL and IF diamonds comprise less than one percent of all natural diamonds ever found. Even professional graders will be unable to see blemishes or inclusions in a FL graded stone, just as blemishes inside an IF graded diamond will not be apparent when either are viewed under 10x magnification.
Very, Very Slightly Included 1. These diamonds possess very small inclusions that are difficult to detect when a trained gemologist uses a 10x loupe. VVS1 diamonds offer you much better value when compared to FL or IF diamonds. The inclusions are so small that these cannot be seen by the naked eye, which make VVS1 graded diamonds eye-clean.
Very Very Slightly Included 2. Just like the VVS1 grade, any VVS2 will have inclusions that are small and can only be seen by professionals using a 10x loupe. The difference between VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds is the location of flaws. A VVS2 has inclusions visible in the top side or table of the gem. If the inclusion is only detectable when viewed from the bottom of the gem, it is graded as VVS1.
Very Slightly Included 1. These are an affordable variant of diamonds with no inclusions visible to an unassisted eye. They have microscopic inclusions that will need 10x magnification in a well-lit area to be visible to a trained eye.
Very Slightly Included 2. A VS2 diamond bears some noticeable inclusions that can easily be identified by a professional under a 10x magnification loupe. Without any magnification, you might not spot the flaws. The difference between VS2 and VS1 is the size, location, and type of flaws. A VS2 grade will note flaws located at the top or centre, whereas in a VS1, flaws are only found at the bottom of the diamond.
Slightly Included 1. In a SI1 diamond you can expect inclusions to be visible with a magnification tool, although sometimes certain types of flaws may be seen without this assistance. These diamonds are affordable with a clear appearance.
Slightly Included 2. With a SI2 grade, both microscopic as well as observable flaws will be observable. The flaws are larger compared to SI1 but still clean to the eye.
While clarity ordinarily impacts the value of a white diamond, the inclusions visible in a P1/P2/P3 graded diamond have less of an effect on the value of an Australian pink diamond, as the focus is the rarity of the colour instead.
Blemishes and inclusions and what they mean for pink diamond clarity
Anything that detracts from a diamond’s otherwise perfect formation is catalogued when it is expertly examined to determine the diamond’s clarity grading. Any visible trauma on the surface of the stone is referred to as a blemish. Internally, the presence of minerals and other matter can appear as specks or other small impurities in a diamond’s otherwise clear interior. We call these inclusions, and a clarity rating chart will classify these according to their severity.
The extremely unlikely chemical reaction that makes the Argyle pink diamond so rare means there will always be small inclusions — but this is what makes the diamond so beautiful, according to experts. Due to the intense saturation of this stone, many of the inclusions are crystal, so they’re invisible to the naked eye. It’s these minute details that make the beauty of this stone unrivalled and truly unique.
A common diamond needn’t be your only option
Near flawless diamonds are incredibly rare and require a large outlay, which in turn can affect how quickly you will see a return on your investment. With a little expert guidance, however, you can also invest your money with greater returns on stones that are not near flawless but are still a solid investment option. Argyle pink diamonds are prized as much for their colour as they are for their clarity and saturation.
Talk to the pink diamond clarity experts today
Argyle Diamond Investments are the experts in helping you find the right stones to deliver maximum return on your investment. From the shape and carat of a diamond to its colour and clarity, we’ll help you assess every aspect of a stone to determine its resale value and to guide you to make the right choice according to your goals for your investment. Talk to us today about securing your investment in rare Argyle pink diamonds, or organise a VIP viewing in person.
All-natural diamonds are formed underground under extreme pressure, meaning almost none are completely flawless. That being said, the diamond clarity scale is a qualitative way jewellers and diamond experts can measure the imperfection found in a stone.
Diamond clarity charts determine the grade of a precious gem based on its visible inclusions and blemishes when viewed under a jeweller’s loupe at 10 times magnification. Based on the amount and type of flaws present, a grade is assigned.
As diamonds are created under intense pressure, mineral content can become trapped within their structure, creating the small salt and pepper marks we call inclusions. While the presence of inclusions affects a diamond’s clarity grading, inclusions can still be considered beautiful and unique aspects of a stone, and a pink diamond’s clarity rating will often take a back seat to its unique colour. Due to the intense saturation of pink diamonds, these inclusions are not visible to the naked eye.
Technically speaking, a perfect diamond will have the best clarity rating; FL-IF, Flawless or Internally Flawless. However, in an Argyle diamond, a FL or IF grading is non-existent, so rather than just one factor determining what makes one diamond better than another, diamond experts look for The 4 Cs when determining overall value: colour, clarity, cut and carat.