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You’ve learned everything there is to know about diamond cut quality, color and carat weight. The last piece of the puzzle? Diamond clarity.
Understanding clarity is one of the most important parts of selecting a loose diamond because it has a big impact on the overall look of your ring. However, there are so many clarity grades that it’s difficult to really know which is which. Two you’ll hear about constantly during your diamond engagement ring search are VVS1 and VVS2. These two grades can give you the most bang for your diamond buck, but what’s the difference? Let’s break down VVS2 vs. VVS1 diamonds to help get more clarity into your search.
In a perfect world, we’d all rock diamond engagement rings with Flawless (FL) or Internally Flawless (IF) stones. These are the closest-to-perfect diamonds out there, but unfortunately the price also reflects their perfection — and it’s not always affordable. (These diamonds are incredibly rare, thus the higher price tags.)
Luckily, you can get the same sort of look for a lot less money when you opt for a VVS diamond. A VVS — Very, Very Slightly Included — diamond is one with tiny imperfections that are almost impossible to see. These are minute inclusions that are not visible under 10x magnification. The inclusions (or flaws) are pretty much impossible to see with the naked eye, too.
So, why are VVS diamonds a better choice? It all comes down to price. While FL or IF diamonds can be prohibitively expensive, VVS diamonds are close to the same looks-wise, but considerably less expensive. We’re not saying there’s no difference. Under a microscope, the difference can be big. But you’re likely never going to look at your rock this way, so what’s important is how it looks to the eye. And this is where VVS diamonds look remarkably similar to IF or FL diamonds.
Even better: VVS clarity diamonds are in high demand due to price, so they actually hold more value over time when compared to IF and FL diamonds.
There are multiple levels of VVS diamonds, ranging from VVS1 — a step below IF — and VVS2. The inclusions on both the VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds are tiny, but they tend to be off center (with VVS1 diamonds) or closer to the table (with VVS2 diamonds).
The number of inclusions vary per level in the VVS2 vs. VVS1 debate: VVS1 diamonds usually have one or two imperfections (typically pinpoint and natural). The average VVS2 diamond will have several that range from multiple pinpoint inclusions to indented natural and feathers.
So to put it simply: VVS2 diamonds tend to have more inclusions than VVS1 diamonds.
Because natural diamonds and lab grown diamonds are chemically and optically identical, this means that they their visual appearance will be the same when the grading values are the same. This is why it's essential to purchase only certified center diamonds for your engagement ring. Whether it's an IGI certified diamond or one certified by GIA, the VVS grade is only assigned for diamonds that are eye-clean and have minimal inclusions that can only be seen under magnification.
Rest assured, a VVS grade is among the cream of the crop when looking at premium diamond quality and clarity. The major difference lies in the value and the production effort taken to grow a lab diamond versus mining a natural diamond from within the earth. For a diamond of the same quality, you can expect a price difference of about 30%. Therefore, if you're looking to maximize on carat size and quality, a lab diamond may work well for you. However, if you're looking for a more traditional purchase a natural diamond may be your best option.
First thing’s first: Always make sure that the VVS1 or VVS2 diamonds you buy have been graded by accredited organization, like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). This ensures that you’re getting the diamond — and the clarity — you want.
The next biggest factor to look at when considering VVS2 vs. VVS1 diamonds? The price.
Both VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds are considerably less expensive than FL or IF diamonds. However, there is a big price difference between VVS grades, too.
Typically, similar cut, color, and carat VVS2 vs. VVS1 diamonds will differ somewhere around 25 percent. VVS1 diamonds being the more expensive of the two grades. The best part? You probably won’t be able to tell the difference between the two.
Still not sure who should win the VVS2 vs. VVS1 diamond debate? Here are a few key things to remember, both grades of diamonds will be eye-clean diamonds. This means that it will be impossible for anyone to pick out the inclusions. The inclusions will not be visible to the naked eye. While this grade of diamonds is not flawless, the flaws are hard to detect and see.
Let us help. The expert gemologists at With Clarity can help break down all the details about diamond clarity and help you find the best diamond for your dreams — and budget. Contact us by phone at 1(844)-234-6463 or email at [email protected]. Our Live Chat is available during business hours Monday - Friday 10AM - 6PM ET.