What are Eye-Clean Diamonds?

When you are shopping for a great diamond, you want to make sure that you are getting a good deal and some of the highest quality possible for any piece that you would like to create. There are many factors to consider like the clarity, cut, color, and carat to help you get the diamond that you would like to work with. One factor that you may hear when looking for the diamond is that it is eye clean. But what does that mean and is it that important?

An eye-clean diamond means that when you look at the diamond yourself, using the naked eye, you will not see any inclusions or blemishes. It does not matter whether there are some imperfections that show up under magnifications. When you look at the diamond each day or show it off to others, you will not use magnification to look it over. If the diamond looks clean and perfect with the naked eye, then you have an eye clean diamond.

Being able to spot one of these types of diamonds can take time and you have to know what you are looking for. You can’t figure out whether the diamond fits with this or not just by the certificate. You will need to look at the diamond first and see whether this is true. Let’s take a closer look at what eye clean diamond means and how you can utilize this to your advantage when shopping.

What are Eye-Clean Diamonds?

When you hear about an eye clean diamond, it is not going to have any blemishes and inclusions that are visible to the naked eye. When you have them under magnification, they may have some imperfections in them, but you will not see this if you look at It without the jeweler’s loupe.

To check whether the diamond is eye clean, you will need to look at it closely through videography or HD photography. You also need to look at it in the natural daylight. The bright sales lights that are in most stores are going to hide some of these imperfections and make it hard to figure out if something is wrong with it.

There isn’t going to be a specific clarity grade that you will see that guarantees that your diamond is eye clean. For example, you could have a VS2 diamond and it may not be eye clean. It is possible, but this is not a guarantee that you will see this in this particular clarity. It is possible that something like an SI2 diamond could be eye clean, though this is less common so you will have to check it out yourself.

What Diamond Clarity Grades are Eye Clean?

Diamonds with the following clarity grades are considered eye-clean:

Sometimes Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) diamonds could be eye clean, but you’ll want to examine them closely to find out. To be safe, look for VS2 or higher.

How Do I Find an Eye Clean Diamond?

When you are out shopping for a diamond, you will need to look at whether it is eye clean or not. There are a few steps that you can do to make this happen on your own while you look at lots of diamonds that are out there. Some of the steps that you can use include:

  1. Check out the clarity grade: This is not a guarantee that the diamond will be eye clean, but the higher the clarity grade, the more likely that you will get a diamond that is clean to the naked eye. You can at least look at the clarity grade to see whether it is going to give you a good eye clean diamond.
  2. Look at the diamond yourself: Do not trust what someone else is telling you about the diamond. You need to look at it yourself. You can take a look at pictures of the diamond first and see if there are any inclusions or blemishes. Zoom in and see if those are there at all. If you go in person to look at the ring, try to look at it in natural or daylight to avoid having the flashy lights at the store confuse you.
  3. Note where all the inclusions are: Even if you see some blemishes in the diamond, you need to know where they are located. If you see that they show up near the edges, then the ring setting is going to hide them a little. If it is in the middle, then it is going to be easier to see. Decide whether that is important for you or not.
  4. Aim for the lowest grade: While it may seem like a better clarity grade diamond is the best choice for your needs, it is not going to be worth the cost. The higher grade is going to look the exact same to the lower grade, as long as they both pass the eye clean test.
  5. Ask for others to look at it: Sometimes it is hard to look at and determine the clarity of the diamond on your own, especially if this is not something you have done on your own before. Having someone who is able to look over the diamond with you will make sure that it is eye clean and will work for your needs too.

Choosing a diamond that is eye clean will be one of the best decisions that you can make. These diamonds are easy to take care of, look nice when you show them off, and will make you feel great when you have one. You need to look at the ring and see whether it is going to provide you with an eye clean appearance that you need.

Looking for an Eye Clean Diamond

Before you take home any diamond, you will need to shop around and check whether the diamond is eye clean or not. This can make sure that you get a good quality out of the diamond and that it looks amazing when you look at it each day. With some of the tips above, you will be able to get a great eye clean diamond for all your needs.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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