Almost everyone has at least a passing understanding of diamond clarity – "VS" and "SI" are terms we're somewhat familiar with because they're fairly frequently encountered. What most people are less familiar with are flawless diamonds.
While the name itself is quite explanatory, how much do we really know about flawless diamonds? What are they why do you want them? What is the difference between flawless and internally flawless diamonds? Especially when you’re a diamond buyer, these are questions worth knowing the answers to!
What are flawless diamonds?
As you can tell from the name, flawless (FL) diamonds are those without any blemishes or inclusions when magnified 10 times. Naturally, this brings us to the subject of internally flawless (IF) diamonds. Now these diamonds are also blemish-free, but internally only! The surface of the diamond is another matter. Logically speaking, this surface blemish is the only difference between FL and IF diamonds (and to think we were taught not to judge a book by its cover!).
Perhaps you’re wondering why this is a big deal and how this differentiation even came up? Back in the 70s, GIA noticed that many diamond manufacturers were very aggressively cutting their diamonds to remove all the blemishes. As crafty as this strategy was, it did however reduce the overall cut quality. Until then, the diamond clarity grades had gone straight from VVS1 to FL (ergo, the crafty cutting). To put a stop to this, GIA introduced the IF grade (this comes between VVS1 and FL), which essentially allowed diamond manufacturers to retain the surface blemishes and still get a rating higher than VVS1.
Choosing between flawless and internally flawless diamonds
As always, clarity influences a diamond’s value – the greater the clarity, the higher the price. In general, both flawless and internally flawless diamonds are extremely hard to come by; but perfectly flawless diamonds are the rarest.
However, at the end of the day, a diamond is a very personal choice. Whether FL or IF, a diamond manufacturer is going to cut it to the best of his abilities, looking for the perfect cut and best clarity. So the question remains, which diamond speaks to you? Here at CJ Charles Jewelers, we have a few pieces that may interest you:
2ct Internally Flawless Emerald Cut Diamond Ring
4ct Internally Flawless Radiant Cut Diamond Ring
Estate Tiffany & Co. Platinum Diamond Solitaire Ring
We have constantly changing stock, so even if these didn't seem like the one for you, contact us for other options. We're bound to have something perfectly you!