DIAMOND CLARITY

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The clarity of a diamond refers to imperfections in the stone that may or may not be visible to the naked eye. Diamonds with fewer imperfections are more rare and in greater demand, and therefore tend to be more expensive.

Imperfections in a diamond, or inclusions, can appear as tiny white or black specks, feathers, or other markings. Most diamond imperfections are microscopic and do not affect the beauty or sparkle of a diamond.

Certain diamond shapes, including step-cut stones like Emerald and Asscher diamonds, tend to show more imperfections than Round, Princess, or Cushion diamonds. In addition, larger stones will show more inclusions than smaller diamonds.

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  • FL - IL

FLAWLESS & INTERNALLY FLAWLESS

No internal or external imperfections. These stones are very rare.

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  • VVS1 - VVS2

VERY, VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED

Inclusions difficult to detect under 10x magnification.

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  • VS1 - VS2

VERY SLIGHTLY INCLUDED

Inclusion visible under 10x magnification; but invisible under naked eye.

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  • SI1 - SI2

SLIGHTLY INCLUDED

Inclusions are invisible to the naked eye for SI1, may be visible under close inspection for SI2.

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  • I1 - I3

INCLUDED

Inclusions may be visible to the naked eye.

HYSTR CLARITY GUIDANCE

HYSTR’s GIA Gemologists typically recommend diamonds in the VS - SI range that are 100% eye clean. These types of diamonds are more common than FL and VVS diamonds, they tend to provide a better value with little visible difference.

Below is a breakdown of our recommended clarity by shape and carat weight. HYSTR recommends choosing ‘Very Good’ and 'Good’ diamonds for the best-value.

EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD
(Eye Clean)
FAIR / POOR
(Not Eye Clean)
< .50 Carats FL - VS2 SI 1 SI 2 > I1
.51 - 1.20 Carats FL - VS 2 SI 1 SI 2 > I1
1.21 - 2.00 Carats FL - VVS 2 VS1 - SI 1 SI 2 > I1
> 2.00 Carats FL - VVS 2 VS1 - SI 1 SI 1 SI 2
EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD
(Eye Clean)
FAIR / POOR
(Not Eye Clean)
< .50 Carats FL - VS2 SI 1 SI 2 > I1
.51 - 1.20 Carats FL - VS 2 SI 1 SI 2 > I1
1.21 - 2.00 Carats FL - VVS 2 VS1 - SI 1 SI 2 > I1
> 2.00 Carats FL - VVS 2 VS1 - SI 1 SI 1 SI 2
EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD
(Eye Clean)
FAIR / POOR
(Not Eye Clean)
< .50 Carats FL - VS2 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
.51 - 1.20 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
1.21 - 2.00 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
> 2.00 Carats FL - VVS2 VS1 - VS2 SI1 > SI2
EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD
(Eye Clean)
FAIR / POOR
(Not Eye Clean)
< .50 Carats FL - VS2 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
.51 - 1.20 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI1 > SI2
1.21 - 2.00 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI1 > SI2
> 2.00 Carats FL - VVS2 VS1 - VS2 VS2 > SI1
EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD
(Eye Clean)
FAIR / POOR
(Not Eye Clean)
< .50 Carats FL - VS2 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
.51 - 1.20 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI1 > SI2
1.21 - 2.00 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI1 > SI2
> 2.00 Carats FL - VVS2 VS1 - VS2 VS2 > SI1
EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD
(Eye Clean)
FAIR / POOR
(Not Eye Clean)
< .50 Carats FL - VS2 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
.51 - 1.20 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
1.21 - 2.00 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
> 2.00 Carats FL - VVS2 VS1 - VS2 SI1 > SI2
EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD
(Eye Clean)
FAIR / POOR
(Not Eye Clean)
< .50 Carats FL - VS2 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
.51 - 1.20 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
1.21 - 2.00 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
> 2.00 Carats FL - VVS2 VS1 - VS2 SI1 > SI2
EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD
(Eye Clean)
FAIR / POOR
(Not Eye Clean)
< .50 Carats FL - VS2 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
.51 - 1.20 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
1.21 - 2.00 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
> 2.00 Carats FL - VVS2 VS1 - VS2 SI1 > SI2
EXCELLENT VERY GOOD GOOD
(Eye Clean)
FAIR / POOR
(Not Eye Clean)
< .50 Carats FL - VS2 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
.51 - 1.20 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
1.21 - 2.00 Carats FL - VS1 VS2 - SI1 SI2 > I1
> 2.00 Carats FL - VVS2 VS1 - VS2 SI1 > SI2

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