In your hunt for the perfect diamond, you’ve probably stumbled across some vocabulary referring to various aspects of a stone’s cut, color, clarity, et cetera. Many jewelers will also offer alternatives to diamonds, such as cubic zirconia, Moissanite, or even lab-grown diamonds. Perhaps you’ve run across the term “VVS” in relation to diamonds and feel confused about whether that is a good thing or a bad thing. Casa D’oro Fine Jewelry can set the record straight.
Diamonds categorized as VVS are visually flawless to the naked eye but include microscopic imperfections. Yes, VVS Diamonds are 100% real diamonds.
VVS is a classification of clarity grade that stands for “very, very slightly included.” Inclusions are naturally occurring flaws that affect a diamond’s overall value. VVS diamonds are still considered extremely valuable and expensive, second only to Flawless and Internally Flawless grades of diamonds. The kinds of inclusions in a VVS diamond are usually inconsequential things like pinpoints, clouds, internal graining, or feathers.
What Is Diamond Clarity?
One of the 4Cs of diamond buying, clarity refers to a stone’s purity and is measured on a scale that ranges from flawless to heavily included. When determining clarity, jewelers must consider the size, position, color, and quantity of a stone’s imperfections under 10x magnification. The resulting categories are represented by a Clarity Chart.
Diamond Clarity Chart
- FL – Flawless: Known as “loupe clean,” flawless stones have zero inclusions or blemishes. They are pristine and incredibly rare, accounting for less than half a percent of all diamonds in the world.
- IF – Internally Flawless: Often grouped with flawless diamonds, IF stones are eye-clean but contain surface blemishes such as graining, extra facets, or polish marks. They are still extremely rare and very expensive.
- VVS1 – Very, Very Slightly Included: Not quite perfect, but visually clean, VVS1 diamonds have minute inclusions that are located closer to the edges of the stone, or down lower in the pavilion.
- VVS2 – Very, Very Slightly Included: Similar to VVS1, but slightly more included are VVS2 diamonds. Their microscopic flaws tend to be closer to the center of the diamond around the table.
- VS1 & VS2– Very Slightly Included: The types of inclusions in this clarity grade are still minor and are not obvious to the naked eye. VS2 diamonds will have more or slightly larger imperfections than their VS1 counterparts. These flaws may only be eye-visible 5% of the time. These are still considered high quality diamonds, though they may cost 10-20% less than a VVS diamond.
- SI1 & SI2 – Slightly Included: Both diamonds in this category have inclusions that you might see without magnification. SI1 imperfections may be smaller or less obvious than those in SI2 diamonds, but the average person will have a hard time seeing the difference.
- I1, I2, & I3 – Included: On the lower end of the scale are “Included” diamonds, which are cloudier and contain visual flaws that reduce overall sparkle and value. The higher the number, the more included the stone.
VVS Diamonds Are Real
Ultimately, if you’ve run across diamonds categorized as VVS1 or VVS2, rest assured that you are looking at the real deal. This is also a highly-favored clarity grade among luxury jewelers and shoppers alike thanks to outstanding quality that comes at a lower price tag than technically flawless diamonds. Contact Casa D’oro Fine Jewelry for more information.