January 28th 2022
What To Know About VVS2 Clarity Diamonds
By Devin Jones
Clarity is one of the most important aspects of a diamond's visual appearance. We tell you what you need to know about VVS2 clarity diamonds.
What Is VVS2 Clarity Grade?
The GIA clarity grades are used to rate how “included” a diamond is, a measure of how many imperfections exist inside the diamond and blemishes on the surface of the stone. The fourth highest clarity grade is VVS2 which stands for Very Very Slightly Included 2, one grade lower than VVS1 and one grade better than VS1. We know this can be confusing with all of the terminology, but just remember that all else equal VVS2 is better than VS1 and thus more expensive. While these diamonds are not considered “flawless”, the inclusions present within these diamonds are so tiny that even a skilled grader will have a difficult time locating them.
Is VVS2 Clarity Worth It?
There are many types of imperfections and blemishes that can affect the clarity grade of a diamond, and some are less desirable than others. VVS2 diamonds have no inclusions that could be visible to the naked eye and only subtle blemishes, even when viewed through a 10x microscope lens. While these diamonds aren’t flawless, they’re still of significantly higher quality than most jewelers would recommend, as the imperfections are far too small to be seen by the human eye. However, sometimes these diamonds can become mispriced due to lack of demand and may actually cost much less than expected. It’s important to investigate pricing on higher clarity grades like VVS2 when searching for a stone, just in case you can “upgrade” your clarity for free by buying a VVS2 that is priced like a VS2 (VS2 is two grades lower than VVS2). StoneAlgo typically recommends that you target a VS2 clarity diamond to begin with and make sure to view images and videos of any diamond you plan on purchasing. Even if an online jeweler does not have images of a diamond listed on its site, you can contact their customer service to request that images and videos be e-mailed to you for evaluation.
Should I Focus On Color or Clarity?
Diamond buying is all about making small tradeoffs to maximize the criteria you care most about, whether that means getting the largest diamond or the highest quality stone (or somewhere in between) is a matter of preference that every buyer must determine. One thing you should know before you begin investigating tradeoffs is that going one grade lower in clarity will save you less than going one grade lower in color. It’s also important to consider that above a certain point, no one will be able to see the difference between a perfect diamond and a very good diamond unless they have a magnifying glass or a diamond of significantly higher quality to compare it to. We typically recommend you begin your search at I color, VS2 clarity and always see what the diamond market looks like for better or worse colors and clarities while requesting videos and images of every diamond you are interested in buying.