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Practically all diamonds contain naturally occurring internal characteristics called inclusions; some diamonds also have external characteristics call blemishes. The size, nature, location and amount of these characteristics determine a diamonds clarity grade and thus can affect its cost. These grades range from Flawless to Included. All clarity grading done with diamonds is based on how the stone looks under 10x magnification. The grading scale when broken down is:
Flawless (FL): No inclusions or Blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification.
Internally Flawless (FL): This stone much like the Flawless stone has no inclusions though it does have minor blemishes that are visible to a skilled grader using a 10x magnification.
Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2): inclusions and/or minor blemishes are difficult to see under 10x magnification to a skilled grader.
Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2): Inclusions are clearly visible to a skilled grader under 10x magnification but can still be characterized as minor.
Slightly Included (SI1, SI2 and SI3): Inclusions are visible to a skilled grader under 10x magnification and can no longer be considered minor.
Included (I1, I2 and I3): Inclusions are very obvious under 10x magnification and may affect transparency and brilliance.
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