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Diamonds were formed in the depths of Earth about 900 million years ago. For about 1,000 years, starting about the 4th century BC, the only source for diamonds was in India, but today they are found in 35 countries. Diamonds were first used as engagement rings when Archduke Maximilian of Austria, presented a ring to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. The rest is history.

Diamond Clarity Scale

Diamonds are formed under extreme heat and pressure, and often include birthmarks called inclusions, or external blemishes. It’s rare to find a diamond without these birthmarks. Diamond jewelry buyers use magnification to thoroughly view a diamond by all angles looking for flaws, or inclusions. The clarity scale for grading a diamond includes Flawless, Internally Flawless, VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2, I1, I2, and I3.

Diamonds are each unique, and most jewelers have never seen a Flawless diamond. To a skilled diamond grader, a Flawless diamond means there are no inclusions or blemishes visible using 10x magnification. If you’re selling a diamond in Atlanta, be sure to visit diamond buyers who also sell diamond jewelry for an accurate grading of your diamonds. A diamond with extreme inclusions can have weak points, and is more likely to chip, but the mounting can be made to protect the edges.

Grades of Diamonds

The GIA system uses 10x magnification and grades the diamond by nature, position, color or relief, quantity of clarity characteristics, and size. Although a VVS1 diamond is one that most people would love to have, you can spend a lot less money on a VS2 rated diamond, and still have a beautiful diamond. Most VS1 diamonds won’t have inclusions visible to the naked eye, and a great deal of the brilliance of a diamond depends on the quality of the cut and facet proportions. With that in mind, a VS1 can look just a good as a VVS1 without paying the premium price.

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Less Expensive Diamonds

If you are buying a diamond as a starter ring or piece of jewelry, buy an I1 or I2 grade for a lovely diamond at a fraction of the cost of a VS2 or higher grade diamond. The inclusions may be visible to a trained eye, but to most people the I2 diamond will be a beautiful gift of your love.

To learn more, contact the professionals at Elan Diamond Group.