One of the defining characteristics of a diamond is its clarity. After all, if light can't shine through the stone freely, it can't sparkle and shine.What Exactly Is Diamond Clarity?Clarity is defined by how well light can enter a diamond - and how well light reflects off of the diamond's facets. Most diamonds you see for sale have good clarity. However, perfectly clear diamonds are very rare. Because diamonds are formed naturally, most will have their birthmarks, known as inclusions and blemishes. What Are Inclusions and Blemishes?Inclusions are small imperfections that may be caused when a diamond is being formed or during the mining, cutting, polishing or setting process.While inclusions appear within a diamond, blemishes are found on the surface. Should you be concerned about inclusions and blemishes? Generally speaking, no. Almost every diamond features these characteristics, and they are normally viewable only under 10x magnification, which is the industry standard for determining a diamond's clarity. Keep in mind that truly flawless diamonds, which make up only 2% of the world?s diamonds, are extremely rare and very expensive. How Do Inclusions and Blemishes Affect Price?If an inclusion or blemish is particularly large or is located near the center of a diamond, this may affect the stone's clarity and bring down its value. However, a smaller imperfection, or an imperfection near the edge of a diamond, will have less of an effect on clarity. Speak with your Jared jewelry specialist about your spending limits so he or she can help you find the best diamond for you.Is There a Clarity Rating System for Diamonds?Most diamonds are graded on a scale developed by the Gemological Institute of America. The scale has six categories:
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