The price gap between nicer and inferior diamonds has widened in the lower clarities as buyers cherry-pick the best stones, according to manufacturers Weak consumer sales have focused demand on goods with fewer visible flaws, while inventories of unsalable items have piled up, dealers said in the past three weeks. The price premium for the best-looking slightly included (SI) diamonds — such as eye-clean stones, which appear inclusion-free to the unaided viewer — has grown, sources explained.
SI1 and SI2 diamonds have inclusions that are “noticeable to a skilled grader under 10-times magnification,” according to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) definition. These pieces are typically popular in the US market, since they offer a balance between budget and appearance. Their beauty can vary greatly, even within the same subclass, depending on the location and size of the blemishes.
Source: Rapaport news.
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