Clarity grading uses a series of abbreviations to denote the size, number, location, type and intensity of inclusions as well as external blemishes. The type and arrangement of inclusions allows the stone to be identified.

As a diamond forms within the earth and travels to the surface, the extreme conditions make it rare that it will be perfect in every aspect.

Diamonds with fewer inclusions are rarer and, therefore, more valuable. Minor inclusions affect the price of the diamond even though they may not affect its overall beauty.

Very large inclusions that are more visible can obstruct the light paths in the diamond, resulting in reduced transparency.

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