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What is an Eye Clean Diamond?

by Willyou.net * Jul 4, 2021

An eye clean diamond is a diamond that appears flawless to the naked human eye from a short distance (about 6-12 inches). It may contain imperfections, though, that are visible only under magnification. They have a high value, but with a lower price than flawless diamonds.

eye clean emerald cut diamond vs NOT eye clean emerald cut diamond
Eye clean VS not eye clean – Emerald cut diamonds

Diamond Clarity

Diamonds are graded on their 4 C’s: color, cut, carat and their clarity. The clarity of a diamond is graded on its visual appearance and how many inclusions or blemishes it has. A diamond’s clarity can affect its value and overall price and is graded on a scale from Internally Flawless (IF) to Inclusions 2 (I2). Eye clean diamonds are included within the clarity spectrum and can be found in various grades, such as Si1 or Vs2 diamonds. 

The diamond clarity scale for GIA contains the following grades:
Internally Flawless (IF)
Very Very Small Inclusions 1 (VVS1)
Very Very Small Inclusions 2 (VVS2)
Very Small Inclusions 1 (VS1)
Very Small Inclusions 2 (VS2)
Small Inclusions 1 (SI1)
Small Inclusions 2 (SI2)
Inclusions 1 (I1)
Inclusions 2 (I2)

Are Vs2 Diamonds Eye Clean?

A Vs2 diamond, a diamond with a GIA clarity grading of Very Small Inclusions 2, does indeed have very small inclusions. But Vs2 diamonds are almost always clean to the naked eye.  

According to GIA standards, diamonds that are graded Flawless (FL), Internally Flawless (IF), Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) and Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) are considered eye clean.

How Can You Determine if a Diamond is Eye Clean?

There is a very simple way to check if a diamond is eye clean or not. Look at it! Hold the diamond around 6-12 inches away from your face, looking at the diamond face up. Move the diamond slowly, back and forth, and if you don’t see any blemishes: cloudy white areas, black spots, cracks, white spots or strange lines the diamond is eye clean. 

Buying an Eye Clean Diamond

When purchasing an eye clean diamond it is important to buy the lowest clarity diamond that is still eye clean. Even though an eye clean diamond has some flaws, it’s safe to say that most all diamonds have inclusions. It’s what makes a diamond unique. And most eye clean diamonds are less expensive than flawless diamond, making them a great deal.  

How to Tell if a Diamond is Eye Clean

An eye clean diamond appears flawless to the naked eye from a short distance (about 6-12 inches). Eye clean diamonds can contain imperfections that are visible only under magnification. They have a high value, but with a lower price than flawless diamonds.

The simple way to check if a diamond is eye clean: 

Step 1: Look at it! Hold the diamond around 6-12 inches away from your face, looking at the diamond face up. 

Step 2: Move the diamond slowly, back and forth.

Step 3: If you see blemishes, the diamond is NOT eye clean

Step 4: if you don’t see any blemishes: cloudy white areas, black spots, cracks, white spots or strange lines the diamond IS eye clean.

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