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VVS Diamonds: What You Need to Know

The four Cs of diamonds are cut, color, carat, and clarity. Each C is as important as the next and finding the appropriate balance between all four creates a diamond that’s as personalized as can be (unless you’re cutting the diamond yourself!). For example, if you’re hoping for the biggest stone possible, you may want to focus on getting a stone with a heavy carat weight and compromise with lower ratings in color or cut. Today, we’ll focus on clarity – now let’s dig into all things VVS.

What Does VVS Mean in Diamonds?

VVS stands for very, very slightly included. This refers to the clarity of the stone and answers the question of ‘how many inclusions are present in my diamond?’ VVS diamonds do contain blemishes, though very few, and appear inclusion-less to the naked eye.

What are VVS Diamonds?

VVS diamonds have very minute inclusions that even experts find difficult to spot at 10x magnification. VVS diamonds are flawless to the naked eye. Due to their high clarity, they are also quite pricey.

What are VVS1 Diamonds?

These diamonds have inclusions that are not visible under 10x magnification. They still need an expert’s keen eye to notice the inclusions even at more powerful magnification. VVS1 diamonds have very few inclusions, mainly in areas that are not easily noticeable such as the pavilion or crown facets.

In addition, the blemishes are very light-colored and thus very difficult to spot. Therefore, most people, even experts, can easily mistake a VVS1 diamond with an IF diamond.

What are VVS2 Diamonds?

VVS2 diamonds have inclusions that can be spotted by an expert’s keen eye at 10x magnification. Also, VVS2 diamonds have several separate minute inclusions, not necessarily making one significant inclusion. VVS2 inclusions are in areas that are pretty easy to locate, such as in the middle of the diamond’s crown.

The inclusions in VVS2 diamonds are a little darker than those of VVS1 diamonds, thus easier to spot.

VVS Diamond Clarity

Clarity is how clean the diamond is in terms of inclusions and flaws. A flawless diamond is rare and priceless, and the grading and price are lower with the nature, size, number, and location of flaws and inclusions. Diamonds are thus graded according to their clarity as follows:

  1. Flawless diamonds
  2. Internally Flawless(IF) diamonds
  3. Very Very Slightly (VVS) included diamonds
  4. Very Slightly (VS) included diamonds
  5. Slightly Included (SI) diamonds
  6. Included (I) diamonds

VVS diamonds are just a grade below IF diamonds. This grade of diamond is categorized into two groups: VVS1 and VVS2. Graders use several criteria to distinguish between VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds. These criteria include:

Number of minute inclusions – A few or several

VVS diamonds are next to IF diamonds in terms of clarity. This means that they have very minimal inclusions; they are almost perfect.

Location of inclusions – In inconspicuous or conspicuous areas of the diamond

VVS1 diamonds might even have as little as one inclusion located at a very inconspicuous place such as the pavilion. VVS2 diamonds also have a few inclusions that need an expert eye to spot.

On the other hand, VS diamonds have more inclusions than VVS diamonds. In addition, these inclusions are in more conspicuous areas, such as right below the crown, thus making them much easier to spot at 10x magnification.

Color of inclusion – light or dark

VVS diamonds have minute inclusions; thus, they are quite challenging to spot even at 10x magnification. Inclusions in VVS1 diamonds are too tiny to be spotted at 10x; they need a more powerful microscope to be spotted. A VVS diamond mostly has tiny inclusions such as needles, internal graining, and pinpoints. Such inclusions, if not pervasive, do not significantly impact the clarity of the diamond.

On the other hand, VS diamonds have more extensive inclusions that are not hard to spot at 10x magnification. Several VVS-size inclusions together could reduce the clarity of a diamond to VS. Common inclusions in VS diamonds are distinct clouds, knots, or crystals. These blemishes are easier to spot at 10x magnification. They, however, cannot be spotted by the naked eye.

Are VVS Diamonds Good?

The higher the rating on the different grading scales, the better and more valuable the diamond. VVS diamonds rank third on the clarity scale, making them a high-value gem.

However, VVS diamonds have their pros and cons.

Pros of VVS Diamonds

Cons of VVS Diamonds

A VVS diamond has a similar appearance to diamonds with way lower clarity. As a result, buying a VVS diamond for tons of money may seem unjustifiable when you can get a similar-looking gem at a fraction of the price.

The Difference Between VVS and VS Diamonds

The difference between VVS and VS diamonds is the number of inclusions present, the location of those inclusions, and how large and saturated they are. While VVS and VS diamonds are both eye clean, VVS diamonds offer slightly better brilliance than VS diamonds due to the fact that they have less inclusions – even microscopic ones!

VVS diamonds can also be a bit more expensive than their VS counterparts. But price, of course, will depend more on the combination of cut, color, clarity and carat than just on clarity – so ensure you’re getting a good blend of all.

What to Choose: VS or VVS?

Even after learning the differences between VVS and VS diamonds, it is still not easy to choose between them. This is mainly because the two grades of diamonds do not have inclusions visible to the naked eye; thus, they can both be brilliant and beautiful.

If the cost is not a constraint for you, then a VVS diamond would be your pick since it has a higher clarity. Also, other people would prefer to save on cost and pick a VS diamond since it has no visible inclusion. The cost saved could help to get a better cut, color, or larger diamond. Your choice between the two will be determined by what qualities you hold dear and your financial status.

What to Look for When Buying VVS Diamonds

The most important thing to look for when buying a VVS diamond is its certification. All VVS diamonds should come with a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) certification, whether they are natural or lab. The certification should include ‘VVS’ under the ‘Clarity’ section – this confirms that the GIA has inspected your diamond at a very close level and confirmed its clarity status.

Another obvious but important thing to look for when buying a VVS diamond is that it actually appears clean to the naked eye! If you inspect your diamond and it seems eye clean, it may also be smart to look at it yourself under a loupe. A loupe is a small instrument, similar to a magnifying glass, that allows you to look at the internal characteristics of a diamond close up. Any local jeweler will have a loupe that you can borrow to inspect your stone, or you can purchase one online for relatively cheap. Ensure you’re purchasing one with at least 10x magnification!

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, VVS diamonds are an excellent choice for those looking for an eye clean diamond. Look for a VVS diamond that has other excellent specs in terms of the four Cs: it should also have an excellent cut, a color that fits your preference, and a carat weight that aligns with your style.

Ensure that you’re working with a reputable jeweler, and, as mentioned above – make sure that your diamond has been certified by the GIA.

Once you’ve decided which clarity, cut, color, and carat you’re looking for in a diamond, start to consider how you’d like to have it set! VVS diamonds make beautiful diamond pendants, diamonds studs, or diamond engagement rings.

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