Diamond SI1 Clarity

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(I would like to thank James Allen for the use of the pictures in this article)

Small Black Inclusion on Side and Pinpoint in Table - Click to Enlarge

Small Black Inclusion on Side and Pinpoint in Table – Click to Enlarge

Now that we got our general diamond clarity review out of the way, lets review each clarity grade individually.  We will start with the Diamond SI1 Clarity grade.

Below are a few sample photos of what a Diamond SI1 looks like.  As you can see, there’s quite a range of how any given clarity grade can look.  In just these three examples, there is a very large range of quality and value.  On the one hand, you have a diamond that aside from a small black circle all the way at the girdle is almost completely free of blemishes.  On the other hand, you have the second diamond below that is so poor that the Diamond SI1 grade will almost certainly be visible to the naked eye.

This discrepancy only serves to strengthen the point I make in my Clarity article that what is written on the certificate in the clarity grade is useful only to give you a general idea of how your diamond will look.  To really know what’s going on inside your diamond, you need to see it for yourself.  This is why I constantly tell people to buy from James Allen, since with their virtual loupe tool, you can examine a diamond’s inclusions before you buy.  Within the clarity grades from diamond VS2 and down, there can be a very wide range of qualities within each clarity grade.

Center Black Inclusion that Badly Reflects around the Girdle - Click to Enlarge

Center Black Inclusion that Badly Reflects around the Girdle – Click to Enlarge

E Color Diamond SI1 Clarity

Small Cloud of Black Pinpoints in the Table – Click to Enlarge

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  1. cathy castine     Reply

    Could you tell me the most I should pay for a 1.80 diamond set in a six prong with ggold mounting. The color is G Clarity I1

    • Mike     Reply

      Does the diamond have any certification?

      • Mike     Reply

        What shape is it? If it has a legitimate (GIA or AGS) certificate, what is the report number?

  2. James     Reply

    Hi,

    Ive today started to search and research diamonds, ive come across 77Diamonds London. Is this a website you would recommend? I’ve come across the following diamond and just after your comment?

    Thanks

    Shape Round
    Weight 0.74
    Colour F
    Clarity SI1
    Polish Very Good
    Symmetry Excellent
    Fluorescence None
    Culet N/A
    GRADING ANALYSIS
    Cut Excellent
    DIAMOND PRICE
    Choosen Diamond £ 2,025.68
    VAT £ 405.14
    Total Price £ 2,430.81

    • Mike     Reply

      The specs are nice on that diamond. If its eye-clean, its a good deal.

  3. Fred     Reply

    Hi,

    i found a diamond in james allen, it has some si1 inclusions, but i dont know if they can be seen with the naked eye, or will affect the look, what do you think about this diamond?

    http://www.jamesallen.com/diamonds/H-SI1-Ideal-Cut-Round-Diamond-1519551.asp

  4. Ekta Chopra     Reply

    I’m looking at diamond solitaire ..im getting option of e colour s1 clarity please suggest

    • Mike     Reply

      What size are you looking for and what is your ballpark budget. I suggest you read our post on color; you can get better value dropping to GH color.

  5. ella     Reply

    Hello :) my partner and I have a very small budget (approx $3k us) and I really don’t want a tiny diamond. I found a ring that I love on eBay,certified by IGS, feedback on seller is mostly glowing. Ideally, I wouldn’t be buying from eBay, but its really our only option with our budget. However, I would really really appreciate any opinion/judgement you could give me.
    Main diamond:
    Carat: 1.25
    Color: D
    Clarity: SI1
    Cut: very good
    Side diamonds: D/VS2 .7 carat.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to look at this for me, thank you so much and I really look forward to hearing from you,
    Ella

    • Mike     Reply

      The diamond is absolute garbage. Its artificially enhanced (not such a big deal) and it has an illegitimate certificate so the quality will be far lower than they actually claim (which is a huge deal).

      Mike

      • ella     Reply

        Thank you very very much, I really appreciate your opinion. E

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