The clarity grade of asscher cut diamonds discloses how many and how severe the imperfections are on the diamond. It’s harder to see flaws on smaller asscher cut diamonds than larger ones, so if you are buying a smaller stone you can get away with purchasing one with a lower clarity rating while keeping an eye-clean appearance. However, you can see imperfections in an asscher cut diamond more easily than you can in other diamonds because the step cuts make them easy to spot. While in many shapes you can find “eye clean” SI2 diamonds, this is very rare in asscher cut diamonds unless it is a very small diamond.
Evaluating clarity in asscher cut diamonds is subjective because each consumer has their own standard for clarity. Some may be perfectly comfortable with inclusions as long as they cannot easily see it, but other may insist on a more technically flawless appearance. The clarity chart below provides general guidelines for picking a clarity rating for your asscher cut diamond, based on your inclusion tolerance. Please note that the ratings in the Clean to the Naked Eye column assume that your jeweler will check to ensure it is actually eye-clean. For example, every time a customer purchases an asscher cut engagement ring from us, we send a gemologist to check and make sure the diamond is “eye-clean” and inform the customer if it isn’t. If you want an eye clean stone, make sure you ask your jeweler to do the same because basing it off the GIA-certificate is not enough.