Clarity Grading of Faceted Gemstones

Clarity grading is based on the number, size, and prominence of inclusions within a gemstone.

Inclusions are anything trapped inside a gemstone such as minerals, crystals, gas bubbles, voids, and fissures.

We use a 10 point clarity scale to communicate the clarity grade of our gemstones to our customers.

All gemstone types are graded on the same clarity scale.

The clarity scale above is a visual aide – actual number and size of inclusions can vary based on the size of the gemstone.

Not all gemstones are created equally. Some gemstones naturally contain more inclusions than others due to differing crystal growth in nature.

We find the GIA system of clarity grading confusing and misleading to customers and do not use it.

We try not use the term “eye clean” because it can include many clarity grades and mislead customers.

Below is a list of gemstones that we offer with the typical range of clarity found and what would be considered the ideal range of clarity for each species.

This is a system of clarity grading that we prefer to use. If a gemstone on our site does not have a clarity score in it's description please feel free to contact us.

  • Aquamarine                Typical Clarity 6-8        Ideal Clarity 8-10
  • Amethyst                     Typical Clarity 6-8        Ideal Clarity 8-10
  • Emeralds                      Typical Clarity 3-5        Ideal Clarity 5-7
  • Peridot                         Typical Clarity 6-8        Ideal Clarity 8-9
  • Tourmaline (Blue)       Typical Clarity 6-8        Ideal Clarity 8-9
  • Tourmaline (Green)    Typical Clarity 7-9        Ideal Clarity 9-10
  • Tourmaline (Pink)       Typical Clarity 5-7         Ideal Clarity 8-9
  • Tourmaline (Red)        Typical Clarity 5-7        Ideal Clarity 8-9
  • Zircon                           Typical Clarity 7-9        Ideal Clarity 9-10

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