Why a VVS diamond is the most sought after diamond? What do you know about VVS diamonds? You will get to know these and much more in this post.
Purchasing a perfect diamond isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Here, the term “perfect” signifies an ideal cut, clarity, color, and carat. It’s a well-known fact that out of these 4 C’s, most of us pay heed to a diamond’s clarity (i.e. the amount and size of the internal inclusions) like no other facet of it holds any value if the clarity is poor.
If you have read our article on diamond clarity, you must know that there are mainly 5 clarity grades for a diamond, out of which VVS diamonds are considered the fairest. Almost everyone wants their hands on this particular grade of diamonds, but why? This you will get to know through this post. So, without further ado, let’s start.
What is diamond clarity?
As told above, clarity means the amount and size of inclusions present on/inside a diamond. Almost 70% of the naturally occurring diamonds are so poor in quality that they aren’t even fit for jewelry. They are polluted with a number of inclusions and flaws like cracks, tissues, bubbles, etc. Hence, instead of jewelry, these polluted diamonds are put into use for mechanical/ industrial purposes. And the remaining “clear” ones are graded on a diamond’s clarity scale.
This scale has the following gradings: internally flawless (IF), very very small included (VVS), very small inclusions (VS), small inclusions (SI), and included (or imperfect). Out of these, let’s study the very very small inclusions or VVS diamonds in detail below.
What are VVS diamonds?
A diamond that’s almost free from any inclusion or external flaw is called a VVS diamond. Even if anything is present, it’s impossible to view it through the naked eye. Hence, they are the 2nd most extremely rare and valuable stones after the IF/FL ones. In VVS diamonds, there are again two grades: VVS1 and VVS2.
If you’re wondering what is the significance of “1” and “2” here, let me tell you. Basically, these two numbers denote the size and position of the inclusion or flaw on/inside the diamond with precious stones of grade VVS1 doing better than VVS2 in every aspect.
Apart from this, there are other crucial differences between these two grades that are discussed below.
How is VVS1 different from VVS2?
In the battle of these two clarity grades, location & size plays a crucial role. In VVS1, the possible inclusions/flaws are located close to the edges while they are present in the center in the case of VVS2. As more close the inclusion lies to the center, the more it affects the stone’s sparkle and brilliance. Hence, VVS1 tends to sparkle more and thus, is more expensive and sought after. Another trend is that in VVS1 diamonds, you would require a 20x magnification to notice its flaws while even a 10x magnification will do the job in VVS2.
Shall I invest in a VVS diamond or not?
Although both these grades are considered as the two sides of the same coin, you can’t let your guards down. There are certain things to note down when investing in either of two. To a naked eye, both will appear the same but the same doesn’t go with their price. VVS diamonds are much cheaper in contrast to the IF/FL ones. Besides, being extremely rare across the globe, you might not find the Ideal Flawless diamond of your requirements which will make you finalize the VVS diamonds instead. At last, as the resell cost of a VVS diamond ascends with time, you can invest in a VVS stone.
How much is a VVS diamond worth?
On average, a one-carat VVS1 diamond will cost anything close to $5,500 and you may end up paying around $5,200-$5,310. Further up and down in the price will be governed by its cut, color, and quality.
What sorts of jewelry pieces go best with the VVS diamonds?
Diamonds don’t go well with every piece of jewelry especially when the prime job is to hide its imperfections, right? That is, only those jewelry in which their imperfection(s) can be hidden, must be diamond-based. For example, in rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, etc., the metal brackets tend to provide a covering so as to hide its flaws and elevate the diamond’s look.
How do I know the diamond I have paid for is a real VVS diamond?
Owing to its popularity and rarity, the circulation of fake VVS diamonds is getting common these days. If you are not sure whether yours is fake or real, try these things. First, use a high-range magnification of at least 10x-20x to view any inclusion present. If anything is present in more amount, you better replace it. Second, you can infer to its authenticity certificate which will have the list of inclusions present. If you’re not satisfied with it, you can get it replaced for a fresh one. Lastly, get your stone closely examined by a gem dealer for final confirmation on its authenticity.
How much a VVS diamond costs?
A 1-carat VVS1 diamond will cost anything close to $5,500 and you may end up paying around $5,200-$5,310 for a VVS2 diamond. Further up and down in the price will be governed by its cut, color, and quality.
Which clarity grade of diamond is the best fit for anyone?
Based on their respective pros and cons, most of the buyers prefer FL/IF, VVS, and VS graded diamonds.
Which diamond cut goes very well with the VVS diamonds?
Either you can go with the all-time favorite round brilliant cut or the emerald cut for your VVS diamonds.
Are VVS diamonds rare?
Yes, VVS diamonds suitable for jewelry purposes are very rare with only 20-30% of the naturally occurring stones being labeled as good.
Shall I focus more on clarity out of the 4C’s for diamonds?
Yes, the better the clarity, the more value it will add to your jewelry as no other aspect won’t hold place if clarity itself is poor.
Is a VVS diamond lab made?
No, VVS diamonds are just like any other naturally occurring diamonds but with very very small inclusions not visible to a naked eye.
Shall I buy treated diamonds?
No, although treated diamonds look much more clear and appealing, it reduces its resale value and makes it prone to cracking in the future.
How to clean a VVS diamond?
You can revive the fire and brilliance of your VVS diamond by any of the cleaning methods like a detergent wash, polishing, ultrasonic cleaner, etc.
How VVS diamonds differ from a VS stone?
In VVS diamonds, there are almost zero blemishes and inclusions while you will notice some minute flaws in a VS diamond.