The term VVS stands for “very very slightly included” and is one of the top grades in the diamond clarity scale. In order for a diamond to be graded as a VVS1, the criteria is that the diamond has minute inclusions which are faintly visible in the face up view or are only detectable from the pavilion view (bottom of diamond).
Typically, these inclusions include clouds, needles, internal graining or pinpoints that are very difficult to be seen under 10X magnification even to a skilled gemologist. So, unless you have a pair of super bionic eyes, there is NO way your naked eyes can pick these inclusions up from a face up view.
Here’s a well cut emerald cut diamond with a VVS1 clarity grade…
Check out the video listing of this well cut oval cut diamond too…
Can you see any inclusions even under a highly magnified view?
I am very sure you can’t.
This is because the diamonds are photographed in the face up view. Even at 40X magnification, an untrained eye probably can’t make out the inclusions by using references from the clarity plot. As a matter of fact, the dust particles on the emerald cut are more visible than the inclusions themselves.
Well, that really depends on your own preferences. For some people, the VVS1 grade is very desirable as they are near-perfect diamonds. For most people, a VVS1 diamond is often considered overkill for consumer jewelry. As a matter of fact, most diamonds above a VS2 clarity rating won’t have inclusions visible to the naked eye and can look just as good as one in the premium range.
The thing you need to know about buying VVS1 diamonds is that they command very high prices because they are very close to perfection in terms of “purity”. However, that doesn’t always translate to a better looking stone. Ultimately, a diamond’s beauty and optics is largely dependent on cut quality and facet proportions.
The answer is a big fat NO. I will reemphasize here that a diamond with better clarity does not necessarily equate to better sparkle. Let’s me do a comparison of a VVS1 diamond versus a VS2 diamond to prove my point.
Feel free to click on the images above to see full details of each diamond.
To the naked eye, both diamonds will be eyeclean and this means you will never see any inclusions with your naked eye. Even though the VVS1 diamond is more expensive compared to the VS2 diamond, the optical performance between these 2 diamonds is a night and day contrast.
In a side by side comparison, the diamond on the right is going to be more appealing because of its better cut quality. The point I want to bring across here is that CUT quality is the primary factor that affects the beauty of a diamond.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against VVS1 diamonds. If you are in the market for one, it’s really up to your personal preference. Just make sure you never compromise Cut at the expense of a “high” clarity rating.