Inclusions are the internal characteristics of a diamond. Just like fingerprints or birthmarks, they make each diamond unique. If you're searching for a diamond, you'll inevitably wonder whether an included diamond is right for you. While some inclusions should be avoided, most are completely harmless. Inclusions don't usually hamper a diamond's appearance or its integrity, and buying an included diamond can save you thousands of dollars.\nWhat Is a Diamond Inclusion?\nA diamond inclusion is a tiny imperfection, flaw, or impurity in a diamond. However, calling a diamond "flawed" because of an inclusion can be misleading. A diamond's inclusions are its signature. In a way, they are what make a diamond a diamond. Inclusions are a direct result of the extreme conditions that allow a diamond to form.\nDiamond Clarity\nClarity, cut, color, and carat weight are the 4Cs by which diamonds are evaluated. Clarity in a diamond refers to the absence of inclusions (internal characteristics) and external blemishes. Inclusions have nothing to do with brilliance, sparkle, or fire, all of which make a diamond beautiful. Those three critical features are determined by a diamond's cut, not its clarity. \nTypes of Inclusions\nThere are many types of inclusions, and it usually takes an expert to identify them. Some of the most common types of inclusions are:\n\n\nPinpoints: Appearing as tiny black or white dots on the table of a diamond, pinpoints are created by the presence of very small pieces of crystal.\n\n\nCrystal Inclusions: Crystals, minerals, or even tiny diamonds can become trapped inside a larger diamond, resulting in a crystal inclusion. The visual impact of a crystal inclusion depends on its size and location. \n\n\nClouds: When several pinpoints cluster together, they can appear hazy or cloud-like. \n\n\nFeathers: Feathering occurs when there is a crack, fracture, or break within a diamond. Depending on the size and location, feathers can affect a diamond's structural integrity.\n\n\nThe size, type, and location of inclusions are equally important factors in determining the clarity of a diamond, as well as whether an inclusion is harmful or benign. Diamonds with potentially harmful inclusions are rarely sold as jewels, so it's important to buy from a reputable jeweler. \nClarity Grades\nVirtually all diamonds have inclusions. Even diamonds graded as Flawless (F) or Internally Flawless (IF) may have one or more inclusions even though they are eye-clean, meaning invisible without powerful magnification. It may surprise you that most diamonds fall into the lower categories of the diamond clarity chart. \n\nF: Flawless\nIF: Internally Flawless\nVVS1 \u0026amp; VVS2: Very, Very Slightly Included\nVS1 \u0026amp; VS2: Very Slightly Included\nSI , SI2 \u0026amp; SI3: Slightly Included\nI: Included\n\nGrades followed by the number 1 have better clarity than grades followed by the number 2. For example, a VS1 diamond has a higher grade than a VS2 diamond. Diamonds graded as SI1, SI2, and I1 are extremely popular. A diamond with a grade of VVS1 is about as close to flawless as most jewelers will ever see. \nRemember that clarity has nothing to do with how a diamond interacts with light. A diamond with enough brilliance, sparkle, and fire can outshine just about anything. When it comes to purchasing a diamond, trust your instinct. No grade or chart can predict how appealing a diamond is to you, and inclusions can make your diamond even more special. We recommend looking at a variety of diamonds until you find the right one for you. Contact us to find out more or to browse our collection.