May 2, 2022
When shopping for a diamond, you may notice that a few confusing classifications come into play. This is especially true with regards to diamond clarity. Clarity is just one of the four Cs– cut, color, clarity, and carat.
VVS or very very slightly included diamonds carry a clarity distinction that affects both the style and price of a diamond. With diamond pricing, a mixture of all of four C’s is taken into account. VVS diamonds are very popular, due to their purity, and as a result of said purity, they’re also known for being a bit more expensive.
A VVS2 diamond.
VVS diamonds are diamonds that ultimately only retain minimal inclusions. VVS inclusions, although undetectable except through the use of a magnifying lens, are always taken into account when determining a diamond’s purity, and ultimately, its value.
The VVS clarity grade includes two subcategories: VVS1 and VVS2. Inclusion location is part of the information that decides whether a diamond is classified VVS1 or VVS2.
If the inclusion is closer to the edge of the diamond, and therefore less detectable, it’s considered a VVS1 stone. If, on the other hand, the inclusion is nested in the heart of the stone, it is classified a VVS2 stone.
Inclusions are judged and measured in a variety of ways, each of which ultimately decides a diamond’s clarity. Although a multitude of inclusions will generally lower the value of a diamond, even a few inclusions, if they are considerably sized or poorly located, will also do the same.
Size and position of inclusions are also important because they may affect a diamond’s long-term durability, or compromise its translucency. Below, we’ll detail five common diamond imperfections that may, to certain degrees, be found in VVS diamonds:
Clarity grades are referred to in slightly different ways depending on the diamond grading lab. For example, the American Gem Society (AGS) takes the traditional clarity scale one step further by adding a numerical value to the industry standard verbal descriptors. Here’s a comparison between the GIA clarity scale and the AGS clarity scale.
For most people, a VVS diamond really does make for the perfect diamond. If it’s a VVS1, it’s only one step below flawless. And as touched upon above, even a VVS2 diamond’s imperfections won’t be able to be spotted by the naked eye. When imperfections are not visible to the naked eye, they are known as ‘eye-clean’ diamonds. All VVS diamonds are ‘eye-clean.’
Although exceptionally beautiful, it’s important to not forget or be deceived by shady jewelers into thinking that VVS diamonds are as good as a diamond gets. Depending on your budget and personal preferences, you may find that a diamond with a different clarity grade still fulfills all your expectations for a beautiful diamond.
If your heart is set on a VVS diamond, do consider each of the four Cs previously mentioned. Cut, color, and carat also play huge roles in what a diamond will ultimately mean to you or your loved one.
Also, if you’re looking for a safe place to look at VVS diamonds, where you won’t have to worry about an opportunistic jeweler breathing down your neck, check out our inventory of VVS diamonds.