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VVS2 Diamond Clarity Guide – [Reviewed]

Updated on July 9, 2024

With over 40 years of expertise, Diamond Registry’s CEO and owner, Nissan Perla, is your trusted guide in the diamond-buying world. Recognized by prestigious publications like The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, Nissan’s extensive knowledge and experience in evaluating, buying, and selling diamonds are unparalleled. Our commitment to integrity, transparency, and delivering exceptional value ensures that you make an informed decision when acquiring your timeless treasure. Choose Diamond Registry for personalized guidance, education, and a curated selection of the finest quality diamonds, backed by decades of industry expertise and dedication to your satisfaction.

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Published on June 30, 2024
Updated on July 9, 2024

VVS2 diamonds offer exceptional clarity, with imperfections nearly invisible under 10x magnification.

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With over 40 years of expertise, Diamond Registry’s CEO and owner, Nissan Perla, is your trusted guide in the diamond-buying world. Recognized by prestigious publications like The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, Nissan’s extensive knowledge and experience in evaluating, buying, and selling diamonds are unparalleled. Our commitment to integrity, transparency, and delivering exceptional value ensures that you make an informed decision when acquiring your timeless treasure. Choose Diamond Registry for personalized guidance, education, and a curated selection of the finest quality diamonds, backed by decades of industry expertise and dedication to your satisfaction.

This guide explores why VVS2 clarity is highly valued and how it impacts diamond quality and price. Learn whether a VVS2 diamond is the right choice for your needs and budget, balancing visual perfection with value.

VVS2 Diamond Meaning

VVS2 diamonds, which stands for “Very, Very Slightly Included 2,” are among the highest clarity classifications that exist. These diamonds stand out for their remarkable clarity – even at 10x magnification, the inclusions are almost invisible

Many times, the inclusions in VVS2 diamonds are minuscule, including clouds, feathers, and crystals as small as pinpoints. Generally, they don’t have a significant impact on the overall sparkle or visual quality of the diamond. To the naked eye, VVS2 diamonds are practically perfect, ensuring superb shine.

VVS2 Clarity Meaning

Diamond clarity is determined by the number, size, type, and visibility of inclusions. Knowing the clarity scale is essential for anyone choosing a diamond. 

Experts use Gemological Institute of America standards to perform the precise process. VVS2 diamonds are just below VVS1 on the GIA clarity scale. VVS1 diamonds have fewer inclusions, yet both grades look the same to the untrained eye.

Often appearing flawless without the exorbitant cost of a flawless diamond, a VVS2 diamond provides an outstanding blend of great clarity and value. These diamonds are perfect for anyone looking for great quality without going over budget. They look great in any shape, but especially in larger, open-faceted diamonds like Asscher and Emerald cuts

VVS2 Clarity Diamond Price

Diamonds of VVS2 clarity are highly prized for their almost flawless look – carat weight, color, and cut all affect their values. This table lists the current price ranges for VVS2 diamonds based on carat.

Carat WeightPrice Range (USD)
1.0$2,000 – $6,000
1.5$6,000 – $12,000
2.0$12,000 – $25,000
3.0$25,000 – $50,000
4.0$50,000 – $80,000
5.0$80,000 – $120,000
6.0+$120,000 – $200,000

Read more: Diamond prices per carat

VVS2 Clarity Grade Scale Comparisons

Understanding the differences between various diamond clarity grades can help you make an informed decision. To show what makes VVS2 diamonds unique, we compare them with different clarity grades down below.

Difference Between VVS2 vs VS2 Diamonds

Diamonds graded as VVS2 (Very, Very Slightly Included 2) are renowned for their remarkable clarity. They look perfect to the naked eye because their minute flaws are almost undetectable even at 10x magnification. 

By comparison, inclusions in VS2 (Very Slightly Included 2) diamonds are more obvious and occasionally visible without magnification.

Both the price and beauty of the diamonds are greatly impacted by this clarity discrepancy. Because of their exceptional clarity, VVS2 diamonds are usually more costly but have a nice appearance that attracts to people looking for the best.

Difference Between VVS1 and VVS2 Diamonds

Even fewer and smaller inclusions are found in VVS1 (Very, Very Slightly Included 1) diamonds than in VVS2 diamonds.

Although the inclusions in VVS1 diamonds are harder to see at 10x magnification, both grades seem faultless to the untrained viewer. VVS1 diamonds are somewhat more expensive and desirable than VVS2 diamonds because of this little difference.

Both grades, of course, provide remarkable clarity that guarantees a gorgeous sparkle.

Are All VVS2 Eye Clean?

Eye-clean describes a diamond’s clarity as seen without magnification, usually at a distance of six to twelve inches. If a diamond is deemed eye-clean, it looks virtually perfect when checked with the naked eye.

Most – if not all – VVS2 diamonds are considered eye-clean.

In other words, a typical VVS2 diamond’s flaws or inclusions are so tiny that the naked eye cannot see them. Tiny feathers, pinpoints, or crystals are examples of these inclusions – they’re typically unnoticeable to the general viewer.

Eye-clean VVS2 diamonds are a great option for anyone looking for a high-quality diamond without having to pay the premium price for an internally flawless (IF) or flawless (FL) diamond. Since VVS2 diamond inclusions are usually only apparent at high magnification, you can get away with looking like you own a flawless diamond.

Note that the meaning of “eye-clean” might differ somewhat based on the vision and sensitivity to minute details of the observer. What I can say is that in all our years serving clients of all ages and backgrounds, I’ve never heard of anyone reporting a VVS2 diamond for visible marks.

In regular viewing conditions, a VVS2 diamond will look perfect to most people. VVS2 diamonds are, therefore, very sought after for engagement rings and other exquisite jewelry where clarity counts.

All things considered, VVS2 diamonds are really eye-clean and provide an excellent combination of outstanding clarity and price. They give the look of a nearly flawless diamond without the hefty price tag that comes with the highest clarity grades.

Best Shapes for VVS2 Diamonds

Because VVS2 diamonds are so clear, they work well in forms that highlight their inherent perfection and brilliance. Emerald, Asscher, and Round cuts rank highest among VVS2 diamond shapes.

Emerald Cut

An Emerald cut diamond with little inclusions is bound to look stunning and sophisticated, even with a VVS2 clarity.

Large open facets and step cuts that produce a hall-of-mirrors effect define the Emerald cut. The broad, even surface of this form emphasizes the clarity of VVS2 diamonds. 

Asscher Cut

A VVS2 Asscher cut diamond’s shimmering, transparent look highlights its almost perfect grade.

Like the Emerald cut, the Asscher cut is square in form with a high crown and big step facets. The geometric accuracy of this cut requires a diamond of great quality, hence VVS2 is a great option. 

Round Cut

The round cut is known for its remarkable fire and brilliance, the round cut is the most often used diamond shape. This shape’s capacity to reflect light is improved by VVS2 clarity, producing a brilliant show. 

A classic and adaptable option for every item of jewelry, the Round cut’s accuracy and symmetry and VVS2 clarity guarantee optimum brilliance.

Is a VVS2 Diamond Good?

VVS2 diamonds make good choices for many people – and I can confidently say that due to the 40 years I’ve been in this industry. Here are some of the reasons for my opinion.

  • Exceptional clarity. Just like what we kept saying in this guide, a VVS2 diamond’s imperfections are so extremely small that they’re hard to spot even at 10x magnification. The only way you’ll see them is if you have a professional magnifying lens. That means they look nearly perfect and are pretty much immaculate to the naked eye.
  • Brilliance and fire. Fire is an interesting aspect when it comes to diamonds, but that’s a topic for another day. What you have to remember with VVS2 diamonds is that because their inclusions are small, light can pass through and become reflected better. Excellent brilliance and fire follow from this, giving the diamond a stunning glitter. As a result, it looks better overall.
  • Value for money. Since they’re the highest clarity diamonds, internally flawless (IF) and flawless (FL) diamonds are understandably quite expensive. Luckily, VVS2 diamonds have a more accessible price, to think that they have a comparable degree of clarity and aesthetic appeal. This balance of quality and cost makes VVS2 diamonds a good value for money.
  • Ideal for step cuts. Shapes like Emerald and Asscher cuts, known for their large, open facets, need relatively high clarity to look their best. VVS2 diamonds are perfect for these cuts because their exceptional clarity ensures that no inclusions can distract viewers from the diamond’s beauty.
  • Investment potential. High clarity diamonds, such VVS2, typically hold their value rather well as time goes by. Diamonds in general are considered precious gems. This is especially true for for high clarity stones. So, if you want to invest in diamonds, definitely consider a clarity of VVS2 or higher.
  • Wide availability. VVS2 diamonds are widely available in the market, offering a range of options in terms of carat weight, color, and cut. This range enables you to select the ideal diamond that fits both your taste and your budget.
  • Peace of mind. It can be comforting to know that your diamond is of excellent quality and clarity. After all, you know for sure that you’re wearing or giving a priceless and exquisite stone.

What is the VVS2 GIA rating?

Clarity scale by GIA

VVS2 is defined by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as “Very, Very Slightly Included 2.”

This grade is a part of the GIA’s diamond clarity grading system, which assesses the number, size, and visibility of flaws and imperfections in a diamond.

Under a 10x magnification, even a very skilled grader may find it difficult to see the inclusions in VVS2 diamonds. These often tiny inclusions rarely affect the appearance or brilliance of the diamond.

The GIA clarity grading system runs from Flawless (FL) to Included (I1, I2, I3); VVS2 is close to the top, right below VVS1. VVS2 diamonds are very stunning and reasonably priced because of their outstanding clarity grade; without magnification, they look practically flawless.

When Should I Consider a VVS2 Clarity Diamond?

Throughout my four decades of experience, I’ve seen more than a few customers who were perfectly happy with their VVS2 diamonds, even though it’s technically not “perfect.”

Personally, I believe that this clarity grade offers outstanding value and brilliance to anyone who wants a high-quality diamond.

Here are some of the key times when you should consider a VVS2 clarity diamond.

When You Want Exceptional Clarity Without Breaking the Bank

VVS2 diamonds offer exceptional clarity that is nearly indistinguishable from higher-graded diamonds such as VVS1, IF, or FL, as long as you’re not using magnifying tools.

As previously mentioned, even with ten times magnification, the inclusions in these diamonds are so small that they are very hard to discern. 

That’s why we often recommend VVS2 as a great option for clients who want a diamond that looks flawless but don’t want to pay the extra for an internally flawless (IF) or flawless (FL) diamond.

In simple words, VVS2 diamonds offer a more reasonably priced yet equally spectacular visual appeal.

When You Want Step-Cut Diamonds

Large, open facets of step-cut diamonds—like Asscher and Emerald cuts—can more easily show inclusions than brilliant-cut diamonds. To preserve their graceful, mirror-like appearance, these shapes need diamonds that have a relatively higher clarity.

VVS2 diamonds satisfy this requirement. They have few or unnoticeable imperfections, they’re perfect for step cuts. These cuts keep the diamond clean and highlight the brilliance of the step-cut pattern without any obstructions.

When You’re Purchasing for Investment

Higher clarity diamond grades – like VVS2 – tend to retain their value better over time. 

If you’re considering a diamond as an investment, opting for a VVS2 clarity diamond can be a wise decision. Considered high-end jewels, these diamonds are expected to appreciate in value or at least maintain their value, making them safe investments.

When You Want Peace of Mind

Owning a fine diamond offers many people priceless peace of mind. Knowing that your diamond has been graded as VVS2 by a trusted entity like the GIA ensures that you are getting a gem of exceptional clarity and beauty.

With big purchases like engagement rings or ancestral jewelry, where quality and longevity are critical, this assurance is basically a necessity.

When You’re Looking for the Perfect Balance

A VVS2 diamond strikes a perfect balance between quality and cost. It allows you to own a diamond with near-flawless clarity without the extreme cost associated with higher clarity grades. 

Given this mix, VVS2 is a desirable choice for anyone seeking a stunning diamond which is also a smart financial decision.

Should I Buy a VVS2 Clarity Diamond?

With 40 years in the jewelry industry, I’ve helped many clients find their perfect diamond. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of buying a VVS2 clarity diamond to help you decide.

Buy a VVS2 Diamond If:

  • You value exceptional clarity. VVS2 diamonds have inclusions that are so minute, they are nearly impossible to see even under 10x magnification. This ensures a diamond that looks virtually flawless to the naked eye, giving you exceptional beauty and brilliance.
  • You want a good investment. Diamonds with higher clarity grades, such as VVS2, tend to hold their value well over time. They are seen as premium gems and are likely to appreciate or maintain their value, making them a smart investment choice.
  • You are choosing step-cut diamonds. With their big, wide facets, forms like Asscher and Emerald cuts require excellent clarity. Because VVS2 diamonds have few imperfections, their beauty is unaffected by these cuts.
  • You want a balance between quality and price. VVS2 diamonds offer a near-perfect appearance without the steep price tag associated with flawless (FL) or internally flawless (IF) diamonds. For those looking for good quality without going over budget, they’re definitely a great option.
  • You want peace of mind. Purchasing a VVS2 diamond graded by the GIA gives you assurance about the quality of the gemstone. Knowing you have a diamond with minimal inclusions and high clarity can give you peace of mind, especially for significant purchases like engagement rings.

Don’t Buy a VVS2 Diamond If:

  • You’re sticking to a budget. While VVS2 diamonds offer great value, they are still more expensive than lower clarity grades like VS1 or VS2. If your budget is limited, you might find better value in slightly lower clarity grades that still appear eye-clean.
  • You don’t mind minor marks. Opting for a lower clarity grade can save money if microscopic inclusions don’t bother you. For example, VS1 or VS2 diamonds often provide excellent appearance at a lower cost.
  • You prefer a larger carat. If size matters more to you than clarity, you might choose to allocate your budget towards a larger diamond with a slightly lower clarity grade. This can give you a bigger diamond for the same price.

In short, buying a VVS2 diamond is a fantastic choice for those who value clarity, want a good investment, and find a balance between quality and price.

While they’re more expensive than lower clarity grades, the exceptional beauty and peace of mind they offer make them a worthwhile investment. So, if your budget allows, a VVS2 diamond can provide you with a stunning, nearly flawless gem that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Is VVS2 Rare?

VVS2 diamonds are considered rare. 

The rarity of VVS2 diamonds stems from their high clarity, which means they have very few and tiny inclusions that are difficult to see. Only a small percentage of diamonds achieve this clarity grade.

The meticulous process of mining, cutting, and grading diamonds to meet the VVS2 standard contributes to their rarity. Compared to lower clarity grades, finding diamonds with inclusions so minute is uncommon. This rarity also adds to their value and desirability among discerning buyers.

Which Diamond Clarity Is Best?

If there’s one thing I learned in over 40 years in this industry, it’s that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to which diamond clarity is best. 

To put it simply, the ideal clarity grade depends largely on personal preferences, budget, and the specific qualities you value in a diamond. 

Still, here are some considerations to help you determine the best clarity for you.

Personal Preferences

  • Aesthetics. If you want a diamond that looks flawless to the naked eye, higher clarity grades like VVS1 (Very, Very Slightly Included 1), VVS2, or even Internally Flawless (IF) and Flawless (FL) are ideal. These diamonds have minimal to no inclusions, ensuring maximum brilliance and beauty.
  • Quality vs value. Grades like VS1 (Very Slightly Included 1) and VS2 provide a great balance for people who desire a diamond that looks almost flawless without paying a premium. With their usually invisible inclusions, these diamonds offer a premium look at a more affordable cost.
  • Inclusions. SI1 and SI2 diamonds might be better choices if you don’t mind little imperfections and value size or carat weight more than clarity. Although these diamonds have more obvious imperfections, they provide substantial discounts that let you buy a bigger diamond.

Budget Considerations

  • The sky’s the limit. If your budget allows, investing in higher-clarity diamonds (VVS1, VVS2, IF, FL) ensures that you get a gemstone with exceptional clarity and beauty. These diamonds are rare and often appreciated for their near-perfect appearance.
  • Moderate budget. For a moderate budget, VS1 and VS2 diamonds provide a good mix of quality and affordability. They are typically eye-clean, meaning inclusions are not visible to the naked eye, offering great value for their price.
  • Tight budget. If you are on a tighter budget, consider SI1 and SI2 diamonds. These diamonds can be good options even though they have more obvious imperfections, particularly if carat size or other characteristics of the diamond are more important to you than perfect clarity.

Diamond Shapes

  • Step cuts. For step-cut shapes like Emerald and Asscher, which have large, open facets, higher clarity grades (VVS1, VVS2) are preferable. These cuts highlight clarity and can reveal inclusions more readily.
  • Brilliant cuts: Round, Princess, and other brilliant cuts are more forgiving with inclusions due to their facet patterns. In these shapes, even diamonds with lower clarity grades (VS1, VS2, SI1) can appear eye-clean and stunning.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, the best diamond clarity is subjective and varies based on individual preferences and circumstances.

High-clarity grades like VVS1 and VVS2 offer exceptional beauty but come at a higher cost. For those looking to balance quality and budget, VS1 and VS2 provide great value. Meanwhile, SI1 and SI2 diamonds can be perfect for those prioritizing size over clarity.

All I can say is, it’s possible to find the perfect diamond across all clarity grades. It’s important to prioritize what matters most to you, whether it’s clarity, size, or budget, to find a diamond that brings you joy.

Diamond Registry’s Expert Opinion

With 40 years in the diamond industry, I’ve guided countless customers to their perfect gemstone. Here are my top three buying tips:

  1. Balance clarity and budget. While more expensive, higher clarity grades like VVS1 and VVS2 provide remarkable beauty. If money is tight, think about going with VS1 or VS2 diamonds, which are really reasonably priced and almost flawless to the untrained eye.
  2. Consider the diamond shape. Different shapes reveal inclusions differently. While stunning cuts like Round and Princess can conceal imperfections and allow for lower clarity grades without sacrificing beauty, step cuts like Emerald and Asscher demand better clarity.
  3. Focus on what matters most. Whatever matters most to you – whether that’s size, clarity, general sparkle, or any of the 4Cs – prioritize that. Every diamond is different, and to be honest, the secret to a happy purchase is simply choosing the one that fits you best.

VVS2 Diamonds FAQs

Is VVS2 Visible?

VVS2 diamonds have inclusions that are extremely difficult to see, even under 10x magnification. To the naked eye, VVS2 diamonds appear flawless. So, no, VVS2 inclusions are not visible without specialized equipment, making these diamonds look exceptionally clear and brilliant.

The difference between VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds is minimal and often requires a trained gemologist and magnification to detect. Both grades have very slight inclusions, but VVS1 inclusions are slightly less noticeable. To the naked eye, they both appear virtually identical and flawless.

Yes, VVS2 is excellent for Emerald cut diamonds. The large, open facets of Emerald cuts highlight clarity, making any inclusions more noticeable. VVS2 clarity ensures that the diamond remains eye-clean, maintaining its elegant and mirror-like appearance without visible imperfections.

Getting a VVS2 diamond is worth it if you value near-flawless clarity and excellent brilliance without paying the premium for higher clarity grades like VVS1 or IF. VVS2 diamonds offer a great balance of quality, beauty, and value, making them an excellent choice for discerning buyers.

A VVS2 diamond shouldn’t be cloudy. Cloudiness typically results from inclusions or impurities, which are minimal in VVS2 diamonds. If a VVS2 diamond appears cloudy, it may be due to poor cleaning or issues with the diamond’s cut, not the clarity grade itself.

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