When you are shopping for diamonds, it is generally recommended that you focus on something called “The Four Cs.” The four Cs, which are color, clarity, cut, and carat weight, have an impact on a stone’s value and price.
A lot of people are confused about how clarity impacts the price of a diamond. Here’s what you should know about diamond clarity and pricing.
Pricing Depends On Where A Diamond Falls On The Clarity Scale
Before diamonds are sold by jewelers, they are graded on a clarity scale. The highest grade on this scale is FL, which is a flawless diamond. The lowest grade is I1 through I3. Stones with this grade have a number of visible issues.
In most cases, stones fall somewhere between those two grades. It’s generally recommended that you purchase a stone with a grade of SI2 or higher.
Clarity Isn’t Always Worth Paying More For
It’s true that diamonds with a higher level of clarity are more valuable than diamonds with low clarity. With that said, you shouldn’t pay more for a stone simply because it has a higher clarity grade.
If two stones are close to each other on the clarity chart, it is likely that the difference between them is negligible. You may not be able to notice any differences unless you view the stones under specific lighting conditions. In fact, the differences may not be visible at all.
Certain Grades Are Priced Similarly
As mentioned above, the difference between two stones that are close on the grading scale isn’t very significant. Because of this, stones that are graded a certain way are often priced the same. For example, it isn’t unusual to see VS1 and VS2 stones market at the same price.
While you may see a slight difference in pricing between the two stones, you’re just as likely to see both stones priced the same way. Don’t assume that something’s wrong if you don’t see a difference in price.
The Clarity Of Accent Stones Isn’t Important
When diamonds are graded on the clarity scale, the grade generally applies to the main stone on a particular piece of jewelry. Accent stones tend to be very low on the grading scale, and these stones are generally at the bottom of the scale.
You don’t have to worry about the clarity of the accent stones. The clarity of these stones isn’t going to have any significant impact on a ring or necklace’s price. The main stone is what is going to control the price.
You should aim to buy a stone that has an acceptable grade on the clarity chart. However, if you can’t see any differences, you shouldn’t shell out more of your cash.
Now that you have a better understanding of clarity and how it impacts the price of stones, it will be easier for you to find a diamond that you want to purchase. You’ll be able to ensure that the stone you are buying offers plenty of value for the price.