What to Keep in Mind When Shopping for a VVS1 Diamond Ring
VVS1 diamonds are the highest rated of the VVS diamonds (Very, Very Slightly Included diamonds) as opposed to VVS2 diamonds. These are among the best of the best, comprising only 1% of the diamonds in the world. They’re nearly perfect because you can hardly see the inclusion(s) when the stone is under magnification. Only trained experts can see such minute inclusions in VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds.
These diamonds fall in the premium range because any inclusions they do have cannot be seen with the naked eye. If you are a perfectionist and only want the best of the best for your diamond engagement ring, it makes sense to try and get the most for your money. In the following I’ll share tips and tricks for when it comes to shopping for a VVS1 diamond.
The Amount of Sparkle in VVS1 Clarity Diamond
It takes a highly trained gemologist using a 10x loupe to find the inclusions in a loose diamond with a cut grade of VVS1. The flaws in a diamond with this clarity grade are so tiny that it would take a world-class expert to detect them under 10x magnification.
The flaws in a VVS1 diamond are so slight, so the sparkle these diamonds are able to give off is incredible. When very little blocks light from entering, the diamond sparkles so much more.
The types of inclusions that experts look for are pinpoints, needles and clouds. There is no way even an expert could see these types of flaws unless they had absolutely amazing eyesight. And they cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Rating a VVS1 Diamond
Gemologists initially rate every diamond they’re grading as flawless if they can’t see any flaws with their naked eyes. They then place the diamond under 10x magnification, searching for the tiniest of imperfections.
If they still cannot detect any inclusions, the next step would be to photograph the diamond under 63x magnification. If they now spot an inclusion, this diamond will receive a clarity grade of VVS1. But if no inclusions are seen, it will receive a rating of FL for flawless.
Insider Tip: The flaws in a VVS1 diamond can usually be found at the bottom or pavilion of the diamond under 10x magnification. But for a VVS2 diamond, the inclusions are seen in the top half of the diamond when looking at the stone face up. However, VVS1 diamonds of 1.5 carats and higher, the flaws can also be found when looking at it face up under magnification.
VVS1 Diamonds Come at a Premium Price Due to Their Rarity
Everyone knows that diamonds are NOT cheap. But how much more do you pay for a higher clarity diamond grade? It depends on how the diamond is graded on the other factors that determine its value. These are carat weight, cut, and color. The higher the stone is graded on all these factors, the higher the price.
Since VVS1 diamonds are near perfect, they are extremely rare and thus cost more. If you have two diamonds of the same carat weight, color, cut and shape, but with different clarity grades, the one with the highest clarity grade will cost you more.
But as mentioned in a previous blog post, the cut is king. Hence, you should always make sure to prioritize well-cut diamonds over high clarity diamonds, especially when you are considering to buy a styled solitaire or tension setting where the diamond is very visible.
Is a VVS1 Diamond a Good Investment?
The people who select VVS1 diamonds tend to do so because they’re nearly perfect. Diamond collectors and investors consider this grade a smart investment. However, there are some that believe that VVS1 diamonds are generally overpriced.
So, the answer is that it depends on the buyer and what their preferences are. If it’s important that the diamond you buy is the ultimate, but you can’t afford the price of a flawless, a VVS1 would be perfect. There is no way we could tell the difference between a VVS1 diamond and a FL without magnification. When placed in a ring, no one can see the flaws.
Remember the following if you decide to buy a VVS1 diamond:
It’s important that you make sure that the diamond is certified by a legitimate lab. The last thing you want is a diamond with a certificate from a fake authority. They could sell you a very average stone while assuring you that it’s a VVS1. Do not buy a diamond with a certificate from just any lab.
You want it certified by GIA or AGS, as these are the only labs you can reliably trust in the U.S. Their grading reports accurately reflect the quality of the diamonds they certify.
The Clarity Grade Offering the Most Value for Your Money
You want your fiancé to have the best possible diamond, but you’re also smart about how you spend your money. The good news is that you can go down in clarity grade if the diamond you choose is eye clean. This means that the inclusions cannot be seen with the naked eye.
An eye clean Very Slightly Included or VS2 diamond is still beautiful with plenty of sparkle, and it offers you the most for your money! You could go even lower if you can find a way to conceal the flaw under a prong in the ring’s setting.
It’s unlikely that your fiancé has a bunch of gemologists as friends. No one who sees her ring will take out a 10x loupe to examine the diamond. Why spend the money on a VVS1 when you can get an eye clean VS2? Who will see the difference?
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Where to Shop for VVS1 Diamonds
Since clarity is a very important aspect of a diamond, being one of the 4Cs, you really need to see the stone before you buy it. Our top recommendation for shopping online for a diamond is James Allen. They have very advanced technology that lets you see inside the diamonds you’re considering. Even though this is not in person, you will view diamonds under 40x magnification with a full 360° view. From there, you get to compare diamonds and even see them on the ring settings you like best. In addition, James Allen offers a free 30-day return and also has matched sets (in case you are already thinking “wedding rings”).
We would all love to have the perfect diamond, but very few people can afford one. But you may be able to afford an eye clean diamond that looks absolutely perfect to the naked eye. This gives you a chance to get a higher carat size, color and/or cut. Of all of these, you need to know that a diamond’s cut is the most important factor for in terms of beauty and sparkle. Cut is king!