Absolutely stunning engagement rings with VVS2 diamonds from White Flash.
In this write-up, you are going to find out what the VVS2 clarity grade is all about. I’m also going to show you real-life examples of how VVS2 diamonds look like and help you decide whether they are suitable for your needs.
Let’s dive in!
The term VVS stands for Very Very Slightly Included and the VVS2 grade is a very high clarity rating where the diamonds are “almost perfect”. At this grading, inclusions are so insignificant that it is difficult even for a trained gemologist to detect them under 10X magnification.
This also happens to be the clarity grade where you’ll see huge price jumps because of the scarcity of the rough crystals in nature.
When I first started out in the gem trade, I had a hard time detecting inclusions in VVS diamonds using hand-held 10X loupes. I had to “cheat” by using binocular scopes to inspect the diamond at 20-30X magnification.
After detecting where the inclusions are located, I would turn down the magnification back to 10X and verify them again. VVS diamonds gave me a really tough time during grading but with practice, things got better overtime and identifying inclusions became easier.
Till date, it would still take me a few minutes of careful examination to map and correctly identify inclusions in a VVS2 diamond.
The point I want to bring across here is: if a trained eye can have difficulties in locating inclusions at this clarity rating, a layman would have an extremely hard time doing so with a loupe.
Needless to say, diamonds in the very very slightly included (VVS2) grade will always be eye clean.
In this section, I have listed four random VVS2 diamonds and I would like you to click on the images to view the individual listings. You should also interact with the video listing to scrutinize the diamonds and make use of the zoom function to see how big the diamond is in reality.
Can you see the inclusions using the 10X videos or 20X photographs? I definitely can’t and I don’t think you can either.
You see, that’s the thing about VVS diamonds, they are so clean that inclusions will only show up under the correct viewing conditions. Plus, it takes a trained eye and some experience to find them.
First of all, inclusions in both grades are very difficult to detect. I can tell you that it is impossible to see the tiny inclusions in both a VVS1 and VVS2 diamond with your naked eye once it is set on a ring setting.
The differences between a VVS1 and VVS2 grade are largely due to technical reasons. What sets a VVS1 apart from a VVS2 grade is how obvious the inclusions are when the diamond is examined in the face up view under 10X magnification.
As a general guideline, the inclusions of a VVS1 diamond are only visible from the pavilion side (bottom up) under magnification. For VVS2 stones, inclusions are visible in the face up view and typically located in the top half of the diamond.
VVS1 vs VVS2 clarity plots.
* For extremely large diamond sizes (e.g. 3 carats and above), some VVS1 diamonds can have inclusions that can be seen in the face up view when inspected under magnification.
Beyond the technical differences, there is a roughly a 10% price difference between VVS1 and VVS2. This is due to the rarity factor of VVS1 diamonds and they are usually sold at a large premium.
VVS2 diamonds are extremely clean and can be excellent alternatives if you can’t afford flawless diamonds. If you are a purist and want a “mind-clean” diamond, VVS2 diamonds are great choices for you.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to your personal preference. Remember, clarity is just one aspect of the 4Cs. There are many other factors that contribute to a diamond’s overall appearance and beauty.
Whichever the case, just make sure you never compromise on cut quality if you want a bright, sparkly diamond.