While most people pay attention to the sparkle and carat of diamonds when making purchase decisions, there’s another factor they ignore - clarity.
Diamonds are graded on the scale of FL-IF to I1-I2. FL and IF are the scale of diamonds that are internally flawless. I1 and I2 are diamonds with inclusions.
In this article, we tell you all about I1 clarity diamonds. By the end of the article, you will know if you should buy I1 lab grown diamonds and the factors you must consider when buying these diamonds.
I1 clarity diamonds are those that have inclusions (defects) visible to the naked eye. For this reason, they are cheaper than high clarity diamonds. I1 diamonds are also the least preferred. These diamonds are at the bottom of the scale.
Gemstones, whether mined or lab created diamonds, with inclusions that are obvious at 10x magnification, gemological grading laboratories such as GIA and AGS, grade them as I1 clarity.
In general, the brilliance and fire of included diamonds (I1 and I3 range) is diminished. This is because of the inclusions that obstruct the light channels. The inclusions are noticeable to the naked eye depending on the kind, size, and severity of the inclusions.
Any experienced diamond expert would tell you that an I1 diamond won’t be eye-clean if it weighs more than 0.5 carats. It is easier to spot flaws if the diamonds are large. And no large diamond will be eye-clean at an I1 rating.
That said, there could be exceptions. For instance, if the lab grown diamond is less than 0.5 carat, you might not be able to notice its inclusions with the naked eye. Moreover, if the inclusions are located in an area that is not visible and is hidden in the setting of the jewelry, I1 diamonds might appear eye-clean.
While it’s best to avoid buying I1 clarity diamonds, if you have to buy these for reasons of budget and purpose, make sure you keep the above factors in mind before you purchase. I1 diamonds aren’t always a bad purchase unless you buy them smartly.
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