Diamond Education: Clarity

When gemologists inspect diamonds for overall quality, they must painstakingly determine the clarity of the diamond. Using a 10x magnification loupe, gemologists determine the size, type, and position of the imperfections.

Why should you consider a VVS diamond?

At Yadav Jewelry, we also sell VVS diamonds. What is a VVS diamond? VVS refers to the diamond’s clarity—the visual appearance of any blemishes or inclusions—and VVS stands for Very Very Slightly included. The fewer the inclusions in a diamond, the better the clarity grade, and a VVS diamond has such slight imperfections that even trained professionals cannot see them easily using a microscope or loupe.

The clarity grade of your diamond affects its value, but the inclusions in a VVS diamond are unrecognizable to the naked eye. This means you will get a visually stunning diamond at a much lower price by buying a VVS diamond.

Here is the diamond clarity scale that GIA uses, on a scale from best to worst:

  • FL or Flawless: No inclusions or blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification. You will pay much more for this type of diamond than a VVS, which is equally brilliant to the naked eye.

  • IF or Internally Flawless: No inclusions and only blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10x magnification. Again, you will pay much more for this type of diamond than for a VVS diamond, but VVS diamonds are just as brilliant.

  • VVS1 and VVS2 (Very Very Small Inclusions 1 and Very Very Small Inclusions 2): Only an expert can detect flaws with 10x magnification. VVS1 diamonds have inclusions closer to the edge of the stone, while VVS2 inclusions are toward the center of the diamond. This type of diamond is gorgeous and a much better value than FL or IF.

  • VS1 and VS2 (Very Small Inclusions 1 and Very Small Inclusions 2): Inclusions are minor but a skilled grader can sometimes see them under 10x magnification.

  • SI1 and SI2 (Slightly Included): In general, SI1 and SI2 inclusions are easily spotted under 10x magnification. If you choose carefully, you can get a much better deal with these diamonds at a lower cost as compared to VVS and VS diamonds.

  • I1 and I2 (Inclusions 1 and Inclusions 2): Inclusions are obvious to skilled graders under 10x magnification and may affect brilliance and transparency.

Diamond clarity is a metric that grades the visual appearance of every diamond. The fewer inclusions and blemishes, the higher the clarity grade. Keep in mind that while the clarity can significantly impact the value of a diamond, imperfections usually can’t be recognized by a naked eye.

VVS diamonds are very close to being internally flawless, which is incredibly rare. The inclusions found in VVS diamonds are not visible to a trained professional under 10x magnification. The inclusions are very small, so it takes a much more powerful microscope to spot any inclusions in a VVS diamond.

When a diamond is graded, the number of inclusions is also considered. The more inclusions that are able to be seen, the lower the grade of the diamond. VVS diamonds appear entirely clean unless viewed by an expert using a tool with more than 10x magnification. This means they are a gorgeous stone that can be purchased at a lower price than a diamond with a higher clarity grade. VVS diamonds are a much better deal—you get a gorgeous diamond that appears flawless to the naked eye at a much lower price than a FL or IF diamond.

So what’s the difference between a higher clarity diamond that looks the same to the naked eye as a VVS diamond? The only difference is in what you pay. You could pay thousands of dollars more for a diamond that looks exactly the same as a VVS diamond, so we recommend looking for a diamond with the lowest clarity grade that still looks clean to the eye without magnification. Always keep your budget in mind when shopping for a diamond. Not only are VVS diamonds a gorgeous stone, they’re also a smart investment.