How Do VVS2 Clarity Diamonds Compare On the Scale?

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VVS2 clarity stands for "very, very slightly included to the second degree" on the GIA diamond clarity scale. This scale is from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds are considered higher on the GIA diamond clarity grading chart.

This makes them an excellent option for people who value precision. However, it's important to note that their superior clarity is only discernible using 10x magnification. Without a diamond grading loupe, you won't see a visible difference between VVS2 clarity and anything higher than VS2.

In contrast, diamond pricing differences between VS2, VS1, and VVS2 clarity diamonds are dramatic, and your pocketbook will feel it. Consequently, many buy higher-clarity diamonds because they mistakenly believe buying a clean diamond guarantees better performance.

Savvy buyers know that specific proportions and higher optical precision dictate the sparkle factor more than VVS diamond clarity. However, it does come at a premium because cut quality affects diamond costs by up to sixty percent. In our experience, it's a worthwhile tradeoff because the performance difference is appreciable.

What Is a VVS2 Clarity Diamond?

In gemological terms, VVS2 stands for "Very, Very Slightly Included, 2nd degree." The clarity grade indicates the diamond has very small inclusions. In other words, the clarity characteristics are hard to spot, even with a 10x diamond grading loupe.

VVS2 clarity diamonds have no noticeable inclusions when viewed face-up. This makes them ideal for those searching for diamonds of superior quality with minimal imperfections.

The Flawless, Internally Flawless, and VVS1 clarity grades contain fewer inclusions, but there is no difference to the naked eye. Thus, buying a higher diamond clarity isn't necessarily going to provide a clear benefit.

Black by Brian Gavin, example of VVS2 Clarity Diamond.

Black by Brian Gavin Diamond.

Evaluating the Pros and Cons of VVS2 Clarity Diamonds

Advantages of VVS2 Diamonds:

VVS2 clarity diamonds contain minute inclusions ranging from difficult to extremely challenging for a skilled grader to locate using 10x magnification. Consequently, the inclusions within VVS1 clarity diamonds are even harder to find because they are fewer and less prominent. 

A VVS2 diamond's most significant advantage is its near-flawless appearance, regardless of magnification. With minimal inclusions, a VVS2 diamond will always face-up eye-clean, meaning no inclusions are visible to the naked eye.

VVS2 diamonds are a top choice for diamond shapes that show inclusions easily, like emerald and Asscher cuts. This is due to their step-cut facet structure that makes inclusions easier to locate. Consequently, you might prefer a higher clarity grade when buying larger diamonds. For example, 2-carat diamonds and larger because the clarity characteristics may be more visible.

Considerations for VVS2 Clarity Diamonds

Despite their advantages, there are some factors to consider when opting for a VVS2 clarity diamond. For instance, a VS1 or VS2 clarity diamond may offer the same visual appeal and cost considerably less.

A VVS2 clarity grade is not necessary for popular diamond shapes like round brilliant-cut diamonds. This is because the brilliant-cut facet structure hides inclusions more effectively than step cuts.

Additionally, specific proportions combinations and higher degrees of optical precision create a more vivid and intense sparkle. Under those conditions, it is more challenging to locate inclusions under standard lighting conditions.

Refer to our in-depth diamond buying guides for specific recommendations for each shape. You can also use our free Diamond Concierge Service. Ask us to search on your behalf or evaluate any diamonds you are considering.

Comparing VVS2 Diamonds with VS1 and VVS1

VVS2 vs VS1 Diamonds:

VS1 clarity diamonds rank two steps lower than VVS2 o the diamond clarity scale, implying inclusions are easier to see. Indeed, a professional diamond grader can easily spot a VS2 diamond's imperfections under magnification.

In contrast, the inclusions within a VVS2 clarity diamond are much harder to discern. However, the difference between a VVS2 and a VS2 diamond is not discernable without magnification. Thus, both clarity grades are identical to the naked eye in brilliant-cut diamonds.

Considering the significant price difference between VVS2 and VS2 diamonds, opting for an eye-clean VS2 diamond offers substantial savings. In our experience, spending that money on diamond cut quality, more carat weight, or higher color is better.

VVS2 vs VVS1 Diamonds:

Many consider VVS1 and VVS2 clarity diamonds excellent choices because of their near-flawless qualities. On the GIA clarity scale, VVS1 stands for "Very Very Slightly Included, 1st degree."

It is one grade higher than VVS2 and just a step away from being Internally Flawless. Even under 10x magnification, spotting inclusions in a VVS1 diamond is arduous and time-consuming.

VVS2 clarity diamonds contain slightly more inclusions than their VVS1 counterparts. Both clarity grades ensure the diamond will face up "essentially flawless" to the naked eye. However, a VVS1 clarity diamond will command a higher price due to a lack of inclusions.

Choosing the Ideal Diamond for Your Needs

While we could suggest looking for specific clarity grades when purchasing a diamond, the diamonds' sparkle factor holds the most importance. The clarity grade of a diamond on paper does not matter. What matters is how it looks under normal viewing conditions.

Since we don't live under magnification, the primary goal should be to find an eye-clean diamond. A diamond free of visible inclusions is more desirable. From our perspective, the goal is to pay the least amount for clarity beyond eye clean.

Obviously, you get what you pay for and have to decide what matters most from your perspective. Some people don't like to pay a premium for a higher clarity if there's no benefit to the naked eye.

In contrast, others are willing to pay a premium for a higher clarity-grade diamond. Especially if tiny inclusions within the diamond are apt to drive them up the wall. Needless to say, our intent is not to tell you what to buy specifically. But rather to provide you with different perspectives to base an informed decision.

Consequently, some experts advise people to purchase SI2 clarity diamonds, suggesting that some are eye-clean. We can easily see inclusions within SI2 diamonds, so we can't make that recommendation. However, everybody's eyesight is different, and some people can find inclusions easier than others.

Should You Buy VVS2 Clarity Diamonds?

Buying a VVS2 diamond provides peace of mind for those seeking higher clarity and a near-flawless appearance. However, it's crucial to consider the diamond's visible impact and your budget before purchasing. Remember, a diamonds' beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so choose the one that speaks to you the most.

If you want to be safe, we recommend minimum VS2 clarity because they almost always face up eye-clean. Pop up in clarity if you prefer knowing that your diamond has fewer inclusions that may be visible using magnification. Drop down to SI1 clarity if you don't mind seeing inclusions from 9-12 inches, especially while scrutinizing the stone.

Regardless of clarity, focusing your search on eye-clean diamonds rather than a specific clarity grade could save substantial money. However, please don't ask us to help you find an eye-clean SI2 clarity diamond. Truly eye-clean SI2 clarity diamonds don't exist in our experience.

This is not to say that SI2 clarity diamonds are bad; I selected one for my wedding ring. However, I did so in exchange for a more significant carat weight. I knew full well that I'd be able to see the inclusions with just my eyes.

Remember, you're not buying a hundred diamonds for resale; you're buying for personal use. So, focus on selecting a diamond that looks the best to your eyes and fits within your budget.

Where to Buy VVS2 Diamonds

It's essential to realize that the VVS2 clarity grade represents a rating, not a diamond brand. In that case, you can buy them practically anywhere diamonds and jewelry are sold.

Remember that specific proportions and optical precision dictate performance, not the clarity grade. Therefore, you want to focus on vendors that specialize in diamonds cut to a higher standard. Here are the best places to buy VVS2 clarity diamonds in our experience:

Brian Gavin and Whiteflash specialize in the niche of super ideal cut diamonds. Therefore, we tend to recommend them above all else. It is essential to acknowledge that super-ideal diamonds cost more due to the more precise manufacturing process.

Under those circumstances, we recommend searching all the vendors listed above and weighing the pros and cons of the options available. Let us know if we can assist your search by submitting a Diamond Concierge Service request.

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