The most noticeable attribute of a diamond is its color. With the exception of fancy colored diamonds, the most valuable diamonds are those with the least color. The color scale for transparent diamonds is ordered thusly: D-F (colorless), G-J (near colorless), K-M (faint yellow), and Z (light yellow).
A diamond’s clarity is measured by either the existence or absence of visible flaws. Tiny surface blemishes or internal inclusions – even those that can only be seen under magnification with a 1OX jeweler’s loupe – can alter the brilliance of the diamond and thus affect its value. Clarity levels begin with Flawless (FL & IF), followed by Very Very Slight (VVS 1 & 2), Very Slight (VS1 & 2), Slightly Included (SI1 & 2), and Included (I1, 2, & 3).
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