Getting engaged is an important part of many of our lives. Understandably, we want to get it right, but this isn’t always simple. If you’ve been looking for the perfect design for that special occasion, you may have come across a selection called VVS diamond engagement rings.
Some dealers and retailers encourage prospective buyers to go for this option due to the level of clarity these stones offer. But is it always the best choice?
What are VVS diamonds?
VVS stands for ‘very, very slightly’ included and it is a grade of clarity that is comprised of VVS1 and VVS2. When determining the worth of a diamond, professionals will look at factors including the size, color, number, and location of any imperfections (inclusions). The more visible these are, the lower the grade and ultimate value of the stone.
From the highest clarity to the lowest, the grading system works as follows: flawless (F), very, very slightly included (VVS1 and VVS2), very slightly included (VS1 and VS2), slightly included (SI1 and SI2), and included (I1 and I2).
Why go for a VVS diamond engagement ring?
So, why do many people opt for this type of ring over all the other varieties on offer? During the grading process, a diamond is analyzed from all angles and using various lighting both by eye and under magnification of 10x.
As a result, if a diamond falls in the VVS1 or VVS2 category, you can be sure that it makes the cut from a beauty point of view! Still unsure? Here are a few reasons you might want to opt for VVS diamonds:
Visibility of inclusions
As you can see from the grading system above, VVS diamonds have outstanding clarity. This makes them incredibly beautiful to look at, as any imperfections are only noticeable under high magnification. So, if you want something extra special that will grab attention, this might be an option for you.
Although by no means low in price, VVS engagement rings are nevertheless a more economical option than flawless stones, which are typically the most expensive. If you’re keen to get something near-perfect but don’t want to pay top price, VVS may be the grade to go for.
Preferable for certain stones
The stone you want will make a difference. For example, you can get away with having a lower grade diamond if it’s a certain size or cut. However, if you have your heart set on a large diamond, the higher clarity rating of VVS will offer you the best-looking ring. Similarly, step-cut diamonds with rectangular facets — like emerald-cut stones — and other designs such as heart and marquise stones look best when the clarity grade is higher (i.e. VVS instead of VS).
Essentially, the shape and cut you want will greatly affect how valuable opting for a VVS engagement ring will be.
So, what’s the answer? There are many options out there and VVS stones are clearly not the only way to go. But overall, if you can afford to pay a little extra and really want to get that one special design that will last a lifetime and really make an impact, a VVS ring is ideal.