Eye Clean Diamonds

What Does "Eye Clean" Mean in a Diamond?

This post explains that the term "eye clean" means in a diamond and how you can use it to your advantage to save money on your diamond engagement ring. Eye clean refers to the clarity of the diamond, which is one of the Four C's of Diamonds.


What does "eye clean" mean in a diamond? If you're shopping for a diamond engagement ring, you've no doubt come across this term. But what does it mean? What does "eye clean" mean when you talk about diamonds?

To understand what "eye clean" means, you must first understand the concept of clarity in a diamond.

Clarity refers to the tiny inclusions in a diamond. Those inclusions can be anything: an air bubble, a spec of debris, a tiny fissure, etc. Anything that is considered a blemish on the stone is considered an inclusion.

But you do not need a diamond to be gemologically perfect in order for it to be beautiful. A diamond does NOT need to be Internally Flawless to be gorgeous. Cut is the one C that makes a diamond sparkle and be beautiful, so you should not skimp on cut.

But CLARITY is down to a level of tolerance and this is where we get into the concept of being "eye clean."

Are Eye Clean Diamonds Better? Are Eye Clean Diamonds Less Expensive?

When choosing a diamond there are a few questions you should ask yourself: How is the size? Is it white enough? Does it sparkle? Is it eye clean? Each of these questions challenges one of the “Four C’s.” Having a clear understanding of how to navigate through each ‘C’ will help to maximize your position.

We believe that it is important that any diamond used as a center stone is to be eye-clean. But what exactly does an eye-clean diamond look like? Well, that is up to the discretion of each individual.

An eye clean diamond refers to any diamond that has no visible inclusions to the naked eye, meaning without any tools or magnification the stone should have no visible inclusions. To understand the concept of eye-clean you should need to know a bit about the clarity of a diamond.

A diamond is a crystal made of carbon that is formed deep underground millions of years ago. Every diamond forms uniquely, there is no such thing as a perfectly formed diamond. During the formation process, the structure of the carbon crystal can develop in ways that create imperfections. We refer to the flaws or imperfections within diamonds as inclusions.

By definition, a diamond’s clarity refers to the absence of inclusions and blemishes. Blemishes refer to any imperfections on the surface of the stone and inclusions refer to any imperfections within the stone. Institutions will consider the type, size, nature and position of the inclusions to determine the grade. They’ll determine how all of these factors affect the appearance of each diamond.

When purchasing a diamond it is important to view the stone with and without magnification. You’ll want to use a jewelers loupe (10x magnification is standard) to identify the inclusions within the stone. Although it is important to see what is going on inside the stone, it is most important that the stone is eye-clean.

When looking at diamonds it is best to treat clarity like a high jump bar. You want to find a diamond that is clean enough that there are no inclusions that bother you when looking with your naked eye. You’ll want to view each diamond from an arm's length distance, imagine as if it’s on a ring on the hand. Then ask yourself do I see any inclusions in the stone? If so, do they bother me? If the answer is no, draw the line there. Remember clarity is a bar to get over, so once you’ve identified that bar I don’t care if you are over it by an inch or by a mile: but your wallet will. Aim for something that is clean to your naked eye but not necessarily gemological perfection. By choosing a stone that is eye-clean you'll be able to put more of an emphasis on another 'C.'

How Can I Be Sure My Diamond Is Eye Clean?

If you are looking at the diamond in person, you will be able to see whether or not any inclusions are visible to your naked eye. If you cannot see any inclusions, then the diamond is "eye clean".

But what if you cannot see the diamond in person? How can you tell if the diamond is eye clean? What if you are shopping for diamonds online?

It is impossible to rely on the diamond's paperwork alone to determine whether or not a diamond is eye clean. You must remember: diamonds are graded by people and people make mistakes. This is why if you cannot make the determination yourself, you must work with a trusted jeweler and diamond expert who can tell you honestly whether or not the diamond is eye clean or not.

Your significant other isn't going to be wearing the certificate on their finger: they will be wearing the ring. So work with an expert if you need help. Use your own eyes and the certificate as a road map but always remember, if you don't know jewelry you must know your jeweler.

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