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Diamond Purity

Sunday, 10 January 2010

diamond purityDiamond is one of the most glorious and fanciest precious stones in the world and it is not that easy to choose the right one among the variety of available. And knowing that we ought to know a set of nuances and be able to sort out the stones, if any.

If you are proposed to have a look at two delightful stones with the bigger one to cost cheaper, pay attention to its purity, first. Purity is commonly specified in the passport to the stone and it seems that it is not difficult to identify with shown figures. Though, what is the purity of the stone and why is it important?

The diamond has the property to shine, and even the tiniest but pure diamond stone will shine if a beam of light falls to it shocking people with its cold beauty. While the bigger stone you want to impress the others will sparkle less, should it has inner defects. And we need the diamonds to admire the preciousness of stones and appear beautiful trimmed by the splendor of diamonds, don't we?

Well, let's come back to figures that certify or disprove the purity of diamonds. We have to warn that a rare stone comes without tiny inclusions and defects. Actually all diamonds have inclusions of non-crystallized carbon or fine allogenic crystals that are hardly visible after the stone is faceted for non-professional experts. If you see visible defects on the stone in the light, then you have the low class of the stone.

Under the international system of diamond purity estimation at the GIA, the defects visible without magnifying glass are seen with stones of «Small Inclusions» purity group specified as SI1 and SI2 in the passport of the stone. If you are able to observe foreign inclusions in stones of class SI1 at magnification, then SI2 class stones will show them without any magnifying glass. And this is not the lowest class of stones! With «Imperfect» class stones classified as I1, I2 and I3, you may not see visible defects without magnification, though the stones will sparkle and shine lesser. And the lowest class of stones by the GIA classification includes stones not only with the defects of various sizes, but the purity also matters that makes affect to the shine, beauty and strength of the stone.

The highest purified class of diamonds includes stones that refer to «Internally Flawless» (IF) group. The inclusions with these stones are seen only at 10-fold magnification. When 10-fold magnification does not reveal inner defects though there are visible damages to the stone removable with the consequent polishing, the diamond refers to the high class of purity.

«Very, Very Small Inclusions» group supposes fine inclusions that are revealed as small dots at the 10-fold magnification. And frequently VVS1 class diamonds are those with insignificant and superficial defects removed with extra polishing. Whereas VVS2 class diamonds are the stones with rather solid but still fine inclusions. Small and insignificant inclusions coming as feather or clouds are seen at the 10-fold magnification with the glass or microscope with «Very Small Inclusions» group stones. And again, these inclusions are hardly seen with VS1 group diamonds and the defects are more visible with diamonds marked as «VS2» group.

Hence, considering even the purest diamond, these precious stones fall under the categories specified as IF, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, I1, I2, I3. However, in Russia the diamonds come with the different level of purity. This is because there is an individual Russian system of diamond purity specification that includes the weight of the stone also (up to 0,29 carats and higher). The conformance to the system is as follows. The diamonds up to 0,29 carats, specified as 1,2,3 under the Russian classification system and diamonds over 0,30 carts specified as 1,2,3,4 conform to the groups of GIA classification IF, VVS1 and VVS2. VS1 means the 4th group of purity for the diamonds weighing up to 0,29 carats and the 5th group for larger stones. VS2 conforms with the diamonds of the 6th group, SI1 to the 7th and SI2 to the 8th group with the weight of crystals over 0.30 carats. Smaller stones of the 5th group by the Russian classification may be classified as VS2, SI1 or SI2 by the world standards. Less purified stones have more thorough classification by the Russian system. If you hesitate to cope with the different values of these systems, you are always welcome to seek the advice from the jeweler.

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