All of the grades of diamond clarity shown in the table below reflect the appearance of inclusions within the stone when viewed from above at 10x magnification Higher magnifications and viewing from other angles are also used during the grading process.
In "colourless" diamonds, darker inclusions will tend to create the most significant drop in clarity grade.
In fancy-coloured diamonds, light or pale inclusions may show greater relief, making them more apparent, causing a greater drop in grade.
Diamond Clarity Grade Inflation
A fairly common practice in the jewellery trade is grade-inflation or "grade bumping." According to the American Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) Jewellery Guides, a diamond must be within one clarity grade of its advertised amount at the time of sale. If a jeweller sells a diamond that has an actual grade of VS-1, he or she could legally sell it as a VVS-2.
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