You’ve found what seems to be the most flawless diamond, but there are some secrets diamonds keep really well. Their flaws, invisible to the naked eye and only visible under magnification, can potentially affect the integrity of your diamond. Aside from its composition, a flaw affects the diamond’s clarity, meaning it impacts the path of light that is reflected through the diamond and can hinder its beauty. Numerous factors that make up a flaw, including the position, size and number of characteristics, can affect the overall appearance and integrity. Little inclusions can make a big impact, so here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for a loose diamond for your custom engagement ring.

Where Inclusions Shouldn’t Be

Inclusions are hard to avoid as only very few diamonds in the world are truly flawless. Which is why it’s important to learn how many flaws a diamond has and where these flaws are located. The location of a flaw can severely impact a diamond’s appearance. Look for diamonds that do not have inclusions around the edge of the diamond—especially where the bezel or prongs sit; this is like surrounding your home with eroding land. When a prong is placed on top of an inclusion, it will subject the weak point to a higher level of mechanical stress.

Our eyes are naturally drawn towards the center of objects so inclusions in the center of your diamond, specifically under the table, can be seen easily. The larger a diamond, the higher clarity grade it needs to have to stay as clean to the naked eye as possible—this is especially true for a diamond with an emerald cut as they have a large table. (The rule of thumb is – as the carat size increases, the tolerance and visibility of flaws also increases.)

When Buying a Diamond

When looking at a diamond you intend to purchase, always request to examine a diamond under magnification, but keep in mind that the presence of a few minor inclusions in the pavilion or some tiny blemishes does not mean that the diamond won’t be beautiful. In fact, most inclusions that can be seen under magnification are actually not visible to the naked eye.

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