The gems on my site are all graded by eye only. I do not use a loupe to grade coloured gems, except in the case of diamond, as this is the industry standard.
I assess the gems from a distance of about 12 inches with the table facing me. Please note if an inclusion is present but not visible from this position due to relief or direction, the stone will be graded VVS.
My Clarity grades for coloured gems are as follows:
VVS – Clean to the Naked eye, may contain small inclusions visible with a loupe.
VS – Small inclusions just visible to the naked eye. They do not detract from the overall look of the gem.
SI – Several smaller inclusions or 1-2 larger incusions visible to the naked eye. They affect the overall beauty of the gem to some extent.
I – Large inclusions, or multiple smaller inclusions clearly visible to the naked eye. They detrimentally affect the beauty of the gem.
For Diamonds, I typically buy them in pre-graded, but will always check them to make sure they are accurate according to GIA standards.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on the email below.