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For people who are on a budget and are conscious about clarity, VS1 diamonds are great options to consider when shopping for diamond jewelry. The reason is that the VS1 grade lies in a sweet spot on the clarity scale to get good value for money while having very minor inclusions that are not visible to the naked eye.
By definition, VS1 is an abbreviation for Very Slightly Included. Diamonds in this clarity grade have inclusions which are very minute and somewhat difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10X magnification.
Examples of commonly found inclusions within this grade include very small feathers, clouds, white pinpoints and small indented naturals. If you are a layperson, you will not be able to see any flaws without the use of a loupe or any magnification tools.
Check out these 2 examples of VS1 diamonds to get a better idea of what they look like. Also, feel free to click on the images to interact with the diamonds and scrutinize them under magnification.
It really is a choice of personal preference and your budget.
Obviously, a VS1 diamond is going to cost more than a VS2 diamond (about 10%). If you can’t afford the budget for a higher clarity grade, then it makes sense to get a VS2 diamond instead.
Typically, I would recommend people to buy VS1 diamonds if they are looking for larger stones ( >2 carats) or step cuts (emerald/asscher shapes).
When it comes to clarity, brilliant cutting styles like the round cut are more forgiving. Due to the way the facets scintillate and disperse light, the sparkle from a round diamond will help mask inclusions.
In contrast, step cuts generally cannot achieve the same level of optical performance compared to round diamonds. This is the reason why inclusions in step cuts are easier to spot; much like peering into an open window.
And as we go higher in carat size, inclusions become more obvious as the relative facet size increases.
For smaller sized diamonds (less than 2 carats), a VS1 and VS2 diamond will look just about the same and a skilled eye is required to notice differences using magnification aids.
To give you an idea of what they look like in real life, watch the following video comparison between a VS1 and VS2 diamond ring.
Strictly speaking from a technical perspective, not all VS1 diamonds are eye clean.
It depends on who performed the grading and how strict their standards are. For example, if the diamond has been graded by EGL (who are notorious for their lax standards) or some dubious in-house laboratory as a VS1, you won’t know what you are getting exactly.
Chances are, this same diamond would probably be graded as an SI1 by GIA/AGS.
If a diamond had been graded by reliable labs like AGS or GIA as a VS1, I can assure you that the diamond will be eye-clean. In fact, I had never seen any VS1 diamonds that have visible inclusions to the unaided eye.
When shopping for diamonds, the reliability and origin of grading reports are very important factors since they offer you an assurance of what you are buying. Don’t get suckered into “awesome deals” that involve purchasing diamonds with dubious certifications.
As a consumer, you should only buy diamonds graded by GIA or AGS.
VS1 diamonds are safe choices for engagement rings and diamond jewelry. They are eyeclean and offer an affordable option for shoppers who want peace of mind when it comes to diamond clarity.
At the end of the day, it really boils down to your personal preferences and what you like.
In general, I would recommend the VS1 clarity grade if you are buying a large size diamond (bigger than 2 carat) or a step cut diamond like an emerald or asscher cut where inclusions tend to be more pronounced.
With that, I hope this write up has given you useful insights into the VS1 diamond clarity grade. Now I want to hear from you. Would you buy a VS1 diamond? Or would you choose to spend more for a higher clarity diamond or try to save money with a lower grade diamond?
Do leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts!