Very often, grading reports for diamonds with carat weights less than 1.00 do not show a reference plot for its inclusions. Instead, the clarity features of the diamond are indicated under the “comments section” with a couple of words. That’s a big problem because it is impossible to judge a diamond’s appearance accurately based on a few descriptive words.
If you are considering buying diamonds based on a certificate, you are taking a huge risk with “blind shopping”. For people with the budget to purchase stones with top clarity grades like IF, VVS1 or VVS2, you probably don’t have to worry about clarity issues.
What about consumers who intend to value shop and go lower in clarity requirements? How would you be able to select diamonds within the VS2-SI1-SI2 clarity range when you don’t know if the inclusions would impact the diamond’s overall appearance?
If you are buying an engagement ring in a physical brick and mortar store, request to see the diamond under a loupe or a microscope. You should get the jeweler to show you where the diamond’s inclusions are and check to see if they are eye-visible without any magnification aids.
If you are shopping online, you MUST ALWAYS request a photograph or a video of the diamond. This will not only help you determine whether the stone is eyeclean, it will also help reveal other aspects of cut quality.
Never Buy Blind! You Are Only Playing With Luck.
As an illustration, let me show you 2 GIA grading reports for diamonds with the same color, clarity and cut grades. Feel free to download the reports and verify them yourself by clicking the links below.