Diamond Clarity vs Cut

If you’ve researched diamonds and engagement rings online, you’ve probably come across the the four Cs of Diamonds. Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. They play a major role in grading any loose diamond. The slightest change in any of the Four Cs can end up having a huge impact price.

That being said, few people actually understand how to prioritize the Four Cs when searching the perfect ring for their. Understanding how a diamond's cut and clarity affects the appearance and price of a diamond is essential for anyone buying a diamond engagement ring. 

Find out which of these two Cs is most important and how each will effect your search.


Like most natural things, a diamond isn’t perfect. Clarity is a direct measure of the number of inherent imperfections the diamond has. These flaws can be things such as dark spots, feathery cracks, or white points in the diamond

To some people having as few imperfections as possible is important' however it’s important to note that unless you reach an SI2 or lower, it is extremely unlikely the naked eye will be able to see any flaws. A diamond doesn’t have to be flawless to be beautiful. Because the flaws aren’t visible to the naked eye, many shoppers find it well worth it to sacrifice clarity grade for what it affords in other categories.



The cut of a diamond refers to the proportions, symmetry, and polish of the loose stone. The cut of any diamond has three attributes: brilliance, fire, and scintillation. All of the factors determine how beautiful a diamond is. 

The beauty of a diamond depends more on cut than any other factor. A well cut diamond acts as a prism, splitting white light into a brilliant rainbow of colors. Ideally all diamond cutters would be focused on enhancing the light performance of loose diamonds; however, since some customers will pay more for a larger diamond, there is pressure to sacrifice beauty for weight. A poorly cut diamond will seem dull even with excellent color and clarity.

At the end of the day, your fiance won't be bragging about her “1-ct. E VS1” diamond. She'll be telling her friends to look at her "beautiful sparkly diamond ring," and that’s ultimately what matters most.