Colored Gemstone Clarity Scale

The colored gemstone clarity scale is different than for white diamonds. The main gemstone clarity scale is based on white diamonds rather than colored gemstones.    It is difficult for colored gemstones to have just ONE clarity scale since for colored gems the clarity scale varies according to the TYPE of gem. Nature is rarely perfect and Sometimes colored gemstones are even expected to have inclusions (which are imperfections). An example of this is the emerald where the inclusions in the stone often provide evidence that it is natural. Additionally, some inclusions are desirable, such as ‘horsetail inclusions’ in demantoid garnet and rutile ‘silk’ in sapphire.

Since colored gemstones vary so greatly, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) classifies colored gemstones as either ‘type 1’, ‘type 2’ or ‘type 3’.

Type 1 gemstones include aquamarine, yellow and green chrysoberyl, heliodore, morganite, smoky quartz, spodumene, tanzanite, green tourmaline and blue zircon. These stones are usually ‘eye clean’, meaning that no visible inclusions can be seen with the naked eye.

Type 2 gems include amethyst, ametrine, andalusite, alexandrite, citrine, corundum (all sapphire and ruby), garnet, iolite, peridot, spinel, tourmaline that is not green, pink or watermelon, and zircon that is not blue. These stones are usually included, which means that some eye clean stones can be found, but in lesser amounts than type 1 stones.

Type 3 gemstones are gems such as emerald, red beryl and red, pink and watermelon tourmaline. For a type 3 gemstone, an IF clarity rating is incredibly rare, since these stones are almost always included.

But Whatever Your Gems May Be

No doubt your own story of passionate love as a couple on the wedding night will also be an amazing story to remember – no matter what stones you wear on your honeymoon.   That most precious thing, after all, is the love you share with each other.   I want your wedding night lovemaking to be as wonderful as it can be.  Select the link below for some tips for you both to help ensure that YOUR wedding night as a newly wed couple is as memorable as it possibly can be.



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