In this blog post, I want to go a bit further than the 4 C’s. The 4C’s are an important factor when it comes to choosing a Diamond and we have briefly covered them in our Diamond Buying post – we’ll go into more depth with them soon, we promise! Today I want to cover Diamond imperfections called inclusions.
These so called ‘faults’ in Diamonds are rarely spoken about, even when you’re presented with one.
So, Diamonds are formed when carbon is placed under immense heat and pressure deep in the earth. It takes YEARS for Diamonds to form. And as beautiful as they are, they really can’t be as perfect as they’re made out to be can they?
Diamonds are graded by the 4C’s, and what we’re concentrating on today is Clarity. A Diamonds clarity, is graded by the amount of inclusions in the Diamond which are visible to the naked eye. The clarity scale starts at Flawless and ends at I3 (there are 6 clarity groups a Diamond can be graded in). Those Flawless Diamonds, are extremely rare, and have a hefty price tag to come with them.
There’s an expectancy for everything these days to be perfect, why? Nature isn’t perfect, it creates beauty and life but it isn’t perfect. In fact, I think it’s the most perfectly imperfect thing there is. So why do we have this expectancy from ourselves and everything we encounter?
Back to Diamonds, and their so-called imperfections. Inclusions are formed by tiny crystals that have been trapped in a Diamond while it’s forming. Sometimes as the crystal grows, their atomic structure can irregulate, causing stunning microscopic patterns in Diamonds.
Some types of inclusions you may find are:
Graining – caused by irregular crystal growth
Cloud – lots of tiny crystals together
Feather – looks like a small crack
Needle – a tiny needle shape in the Diamond
There are many more but you get the idea!
We’d love to know your thoughts on Diamond inclusions! If you’re looking for the ‘im’-perfect Diamond, get in touch today and we’ll source you the perfect one.