The clarity grade of an oval diamond discloses how many and how severe the imperfections are on the diamond. It’s harder to see flaws on smaller oval 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. Also, because oval diamonds are cut like round diamonds are, in general all oval diamonds hide blemishes relatively well.
Evaluating clarity in oval diamonds is subjective and each consumer has their own standard for clarity. Some may be perfectly comfortable with inclusions as long as they cannot easily see it. Others may insist on a more technically flawless appearance. The clarity chart below provides general guidelines for picking a clarity rating for your oval diamond, based on your inclusion tolerance. Please note that the latter 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 a diamond from us, we send a gemologist to check and make sure it 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.