Sapphires and rubies are by definition a Type II
gemstone, Type II gemstones are typically found with inclusions are include Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst,
Garnet, Seafoam Tourmaline, Iolite, Peridot. Since we sort though many hundreds of sapphires to find those
without visible inclusions, our sapphires are truly special
Clarity grading of gemstones is not
standardized within the gemstone trade industry. Only diamonds have an internationally established grading
system that all jewelers follow. Gemstone dealers and retailers do, however, grade their own
gemstones using standardized diamond grading terms in order to convey the clarity attributes. Although the terms
are the same,
it is important to note that the clarity grade definitions are slightly different
for gemstones and diamonds.
Gemstone clarity grading has become increasingly important for the sales of gemstones and gemstone
jewelry via the internet where customers cannot see the gemstones in person.
The clarity grade is based on the number and visibility of
which affect a gemstone's beauty and durability. Some gemstones naturally tend to have more
inclusions than others. For this reason, clarity ranges for gemstones are grouped into three types: Type I,
Type II, and Type III. Type I stones are usually eye-clean with no inclusions visible to the naked eye. Type II
stones typically show some eye-visible inclusions that don't detract from the gem's overall beauty. Type III
stones are almost always included and show eye-visible inclusions.
Our company has adopted the clarity grading definitions in the table below which we have found to
be most commonly used among gemstone dealers and internet retailers. All gemstones are graded in natural
daylight or a fluorescent equivalent per the Gemological Institute Of America (GIA) grading recommendations. You will see that
we only use gemstones that are of the highest clarity. Each
gemstone used in our jewelry is hand picked for its exceptional clarity and beauty.
Type II Gemstone Grading
(Includes: Ruby, Sapphire, Amethyst, Garnet, Seafoam Tourmaline, Iolite, Peridot)