Diamonds are by far the biggest choice of jewelry when searching for the perfect gift for a significant other. Also, it happens to be one of the most expensive stones usually used to make beautiful pieces of jewelry.
Among a lot of factors in selecting the best diamond for your budget, Clarity comes in the most 4 important factors that you will need to look for, and VVS clarity is one the most grades that people look for.
Very Very Slightly Included, or VVS for short – in its two grades- refers to the number & size of the inclusions found on a diamond, and considered one of the highest clarity levels (grades) available, right after IF-FL, as you see in this scale:
Whether you’re looking for engagement rings, wedding rings, necklaces, bracelets, and statement rings, you definitely know that they are all made with diamonds. Each of these types of jewelry are great choices for an anniversary gift, as well as, a wedding gift.
However, before purchasing any expensive diamond jewelry, it is important that you take note of some certain factors. Apart from being sure of what your partner would like, there are other key elements that you must take into consideration.
The thing about diamond jewelry is that there are so many different variations in the market. There are, also, different cuts, which is why you need to carry out a lot of research before purchasing it. Without adequate research and findings, you might end up purchasing the wrong diamond piece without realizing.
We’ve talked a lot in this blog about all factors & characteristics of diamonds, so that you can be sure you’re getting the best value for your money, in case you haven’t read our other posts, we will cover quickly some basic concepts about diamonds terms, and focus on one thing: What is VVS Clarity? Is it needed all times? And is it that important?
Important Factors To Consider Before Buying A Diamond
Picking out a diamond is a big deal, because it costs a large amount of money. So, you need to do some research before making up your mind to buy one. The following are some factors that you should take into consideration when purchasing a diamond:
Are They Real Diamonds?
This might sound weird, but there are real diamonds and a substitute of real diamonds. This substitute is called Cubic Zirconia (CZ).
Do you see this “diamond” to the right? It’s actually not a diamond!
Cubic Zirconia is mainly used in place of diamonds, because it is less costly. It is expensive, but in comparison with a diamond, it is much cheaper. An untrained eye won’t be able to spot the difference between the two pieces. The great thing about CZ, however, is the fact that it is durable. It is as beautiful as diamonds and durable, so if you were searching for a cheaper option, this will fit.
The next important factor that you must take into consideration is the Carat of the diamond. The carat of a diamond, simply refers to the standard unit weight of the diamonds. It is usually measured as; one carat equals ⅕ of a gram, which means there is 5 carats of diamond in a single gram. It can, also, be measured in ounces; 0.007 of an ounce, which means 142 carats in one ounce.
The carat of a diamond usually affects the price of a diamond, which is why it is so important (but it’s not the most important factor in diamonds 4Cs, just FYI) The weight of a diamond, can among other things, determine the price of a diamond. For example, a 2-carat jewelry will always cost more than two jewelry costing 1 carat each.
Here we come to the focus topic of our post today, the clarity.
The clarity of a diamond is one of the most important things to look out for before purchasing a diamond, because it’s usually perceived as a main factor for diamond brilliance (we said usually, because Cut is known to be the most important factor in diamond brilliance), which is what all diamonds are about!
When there are so many inclusions in a diamond piece, it takes away from the price. It, also, takes away from the sparkle of the jewelry causing it to cost less. In the diamonds market, a clear diamond cost far more than a diamond with visible inclusions. Thus, if you don’t mind opting for a diamond with inclusions, then it is a perfect fit, but let’s see to which level we can go down with inclusion that will never affect sparkling.
What Are Clarity Grades?
Before getting deeper, just keep in mind that these inclusions in most cases can’t be seen with naked eye (specially for high clarity grades), experts use 10x & 20 magnifications to detect these inclusions.
Like every other factor relating to diamonds, there are grades for the clarity of diamonds. Now, the clarity grades are ascertained by the Gemological Institute of America, based on the internal and external flaws present in a diamond. According to the GIA, diamond pieces can be graded into 6 different forms of diamond clarity. They are:
- Flawless (FL)
- Internally Flawless (IF)
- Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS)
- Very Slightly Included (VS)
- Slightly Included (SI)
- Included (I)
We’ve covered them all in details with real images in our Diamonds Clarity Chart here.
All of these are the 6 quality grades of all diamonds. Each depicting a certain level of flawlessness in the making of a diamond. However, among all of these 6 clarity grades, the most sough-after being the Very, Very slightly Included Grade. This grade is one of the most important and here’s why…
What Are Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS) Diamonds?
The VVS clarity diamonds are the next best type of diamonds after the internally flawless and Flawless diamonds. This clarity of diamonds has minimal inclusions and flaws, which cannot be seen in plain sight. As a matter of fact, it takes a trained eye the use of a 10x loupe to notice these flaws.
The VVS clarity diamonds are expensive and considered one of the best diamonds set in the world because diamond stones that are graded flawless (FL) and internally Flawless (IF) are extremely rare. So, the VVS grade is the best on the market right now.
Diamonds that fall under the VVS diamond clarity grade category are so smooth and sparkle easily, because they have minimal inclusions, which makes them very valuable. As a matter of fact, it is almost impossible for anyone to tell the difference between a Flawless (FL), Internally Flawless (IF), and a VVS diamond. Only a trained expert can spot the difference between these diamond clarity grades, and only when gazed upon using a loupe, not with naked-eye.
The VVS grade of diamonds is further split into two important categories, which is the VVS1 and VVS2. These two grades have minimal differences between them and usually almost look the same.
What Is The Difference Between VVS1 & VVS2 Diamonds?
The similarities between VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds are well known, because there isn’t a lot of difference between them. However, there must be a reason why they belong to different categories right?
Well, the difference between the VVS1 and VVS2 is how fast their inclusions can be detected. Bear in mind that both diamond clarity grades are almost flawless and a lot of people (we mean, vast majority) can’t tell the difference.
The two diamonds on the right are actually from both categories, the upper one is VVS1, and the lower is VVS2, as you can see, from a clarity PoV, you can never tell any difference.
As a matter of fact, some trained eyes opt for binoculars set to 20X-30X magnification before they are able to spot the inclusions. So, you can imagine how flawless they are.
However, based on the position of the inclusions, you may tell which is VVS1 and VVS2. The VVS1 diamond’s inclusions are usually noticed from the bottom under when viewed under a magnification lens.
However, the diamonds under the VVS2 category has their inclusions noticed from the face view and usually in the top half of the diamond. Asides from this, both categories are considered perfect to a layman, plus they are the most expensive diamonds available right now (after IF-FL of course, if found).
The Importance Of The VVS Clarity Grade
The clarity of a diamond usually affects different key qualities of a diamond. The VVS diamond is considered the most flawless set of diamonds in the world right now. This is so because the Flawless and Internally Flawless are so rare. The following are reasons why the VVS diamond clarity grade plays a huge role in people’s decision:
A lot of people tend to compare the color and clarity of a diamond in a bid to ascertain which is more important when it comes to the physical appearance. While the color of a diamond affects how beautiful it is, the clarity also, affects how sparkly it will be. The VVS clarity grade is nearly as perfect as the flawless clarity grade, hence it is smooth and sparkly, which will give your diamond a very classy and expensive appearance.
The brilliance of a diamond is one of the major factors taken into consideration when purchasing a piece of jewelry. While the color and clarity of a stone don’t really affect the brilliance of a diamond, it does impact on it positively or negatively. When it comes to the clarity of a stone, it usually adds to its brilliance based on physical appearance.
Diamond pieces with too much inclusions and a dark color usually do not look physically appealing. Thus, it affects the brilliance, however, when a diamond is smooth and is of a whiter shade it does look more physically appealing. VVS diamonds have the best clarity with very minimal inclusions, which means all VVS clarity grades are physically appealing and smooth.
The clarity of a diamond jewelry usually matters more when it is created in a yellowish color because the flaws are a lot more visible then. It is important that you pick out a diamond piece that is clean, visibly when purchasing colored diamonds, because it does affect its brilliance.
Should I get a VVS Clarity Grade Diamond?
So, you reached here, and want to know my own opinion? If you’re a millionaire, get a diamond with VVS clarity, if you’re not, take my advice and go to the least eye-clean grade, you may not believe it, but SI is considered in most cases an eye-clean grade, so SI, VS (1 & 2), VVS (1 & 2) grades are safe to be grouped as eye clean, no one can even tell the difference or guess what grade your diamond is, using their own naked eye.
What about brilliance that’s affected by clarity? The answer is simple, if you have more money to go above SI or VS2, spend it on what matters more, the CUT, why?
This image shows how the light reflects based on the cut, and it explains itself, that’s why experts consider Cut as the most important factor between the 4Cs, so getting a higher cut will be better for your diamond sparkle, so it will reflect light well.
I hope you got answers for what you’re looking for, we tried our best to explain what is VVS clarity grade and how important is it in your decision, but if you have any doubts, just drop me a note and tell me what you are looking for and how much you want to spend and I will get back to you with my personal recommendations for a beautiful stone that fits in your budget. This is a FREE service, doesn’t cost you a dime extra, (in fact I am sure that it almost every case I can save you lots of money) and there is absolutely no commitment.