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Random ? from a newbie

Discussion in 'RockyTalky' started by dq808, Jul 13, 2007.

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  1. dq808

    Jun 28, 2007
    by dq808 » Jul 13, 2007
    I''ve been following the forum for some time now, and I''ve learned a lot about diamonds. I do have a random ?

    Why do people mean by eye-clean in reference to VS and SI diamonds? I thought that the definition of VS is that inclusions could not be seen without magnification and that the definition of SI was that inclusions could be seen without magnification.

  2. neatfreak

    Feb 17, 2007
    by neatfreak » Jul 13, 2007''s not that clear cut unfortunately. MOST VS diamonds do not have visible inclusions, but it is possible that they have small inclusions that aren''t serious enough to warrant SI quality, but can still be seen with the naked eye.

    It''s also possible to have SI diamonds with big inclusions that just happen to be hidden very well by the cut of the stone.

    It''s not only about eyecleanliness, but clarity is also about the type of inclusions in the stone.
  3. Lorelei

    Apr 30, 2005
    by Lorelei » Jul 13, 2007
    Many variables here and you can''t assume anything! I don''t know if you have seen this thread, but it should answer most of your questions with luck![​IMG]
  4. JulieN

    Jul 25, 2005
    by JulieN » Jul 13, 2007
    diamond clarity is graded under 10x mag. it has nothing to do with how visible inclusions are without mag.
  5. oldminer

    Sep 3, 2000
    by oldminer » Jul 13, 2007
    Diamond clarity grades are set using 10X, but graders regularly inspect diamonds using higher magnification to locate inclusions and then zomm back to examine them at 10x. The eye clean issue is resolved by using good definitions between seller and consumer. Most every dealer uses a slightly different definition and many use no definition at all. Caveat Emptor! It really matters what you see, face-up, when the ring is being worn. Once you decide to buy a diamond with a potentially eye-visible blemish you need to be sure that YOU are going to be pleased with its overall beauty. There is nothing wrong about a diamond with a small eye-visible blemish. It is much more a matter of personal taste and how YOU decide to spend your money.

    Ask yourself, what kind of a person is going to wear this ring? Are they very picky and will they very cloely examine the diamond? Are they the kind of person who will look at it as a symbolic gift of love and say THANKS, I love you too and never look very closely at the stone you were good enough to give them as a gift? Are they somewhat in the middle of these two extremes?

    Eye-visible and eye-clean are elusive terms that only a few well intentioned dealers define properly. The diamond trade does not use this term to any given standard. Its open season with this term year round. Used properly, the term is important to buyers and sellers, but its misuse is more commonplace.
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