What is the Difference between VVS and VS Diamond Rings?

The main difference between VVS diamonds and VS diamonds is the size of their inclusions. Both have inclusions. But neither are visible to the naked eye.

  • VS diamonds just have larger inclusions (under 10x magnification). VVS diamonds have smaller inclusions.
  • VS diamonds can also have more inclusions than a VVS diamond.

And the cost is a big difference, too. A VVS diamond is 15-25% more expensive than a VS diamond. Simply because it has smaller or fewer inclusions. Even with the same carat, cut, and color!

Understanding VVS and VS Ratings

How do we see the difference between a VVS and VS diamond? First, we need to understand how diamonds are rated for value. Diamonds are expensive stones. They are used for luxurious items such as engagement rings and earrings. Diamonds are highly sought after due to their beauty and value.

According to GIA, not all diamonds hold the same value. Some of them are more expensive than others. The truth is their market value depends on how they are rated. This grading system is known as the 4Cs.

What are the 4Cs?

The 4Cs are four traits that are used to describe the qualities of a diamond. This system rates a diamond according to its rarity. This lets an appraiser assign it a value. The value is based on the results of the grading system.

The 4Cs used to determine the value of a diamond are Carat, Cut, Color, and Clarity.

What is Carat Weight?

Carat is the unit of measurement. It is used to describe the weight or mass of a diamond. Each carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams in weight. It is expressed in decimals (E.g. 1.25 carats).

The higher the carat weight, the higher its value is.

What is Cut?

A diamond’s cut describes the shape and of sides of a diamond. Its rating is based on how the shape and sides cause a diamond to sparkle.

The greater the sparkle, the more valuable the diamond.

What is Color?

Each diamond has a certain color. This classifies them as either white or fancy. White diamonds are colorless or clear. They are rated based on their absence of color. The clearer a white diamond, the higher the value.

Fancy diamonds are diamonds that have other colors. Diamonds can be red, pink, blue, green, and more. The value depends on how rare the color is.

What is Clarity?

The last but not the least is clarity. Clarity measures how pure a diamond is. It rates a diamond based on flaws and impurities.

A diamond’s clarity has 6 grades. Flawless, Internally Flawless, VVS, VS, SI, and I.

The 6 Categories of the Diamond Clarity Scale

Diamond clarity has two traits. Inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions are flaws inside a diamond. Blemishes are flaws on the surface of a diamond.

Both traits affect the purity or clarity of a diamond. They are seen using a jeweler’s loupe.

Flawless (FL)

Diamonds with flawless clarity have no visible inclusions or blemishes. They are one of the rarest types of diamonds. They are given the highest value in terms of clarity.

Internally Flawless (IF)

Internally flawless diamonds have no inclusions. But they have slight blemishes. They are extremely difficult to see.

VVS (Very, Very Slightly Included)

VVS diamonds have inclusions. But they are not visible to the naked eye. Inclusions in VVS diamonds are easier to see than in IF diamonds.

VS (Very Slightly Included)

VS diamonds have inclusions. They are not visible to the naked eye. Inclusions in VS diamonds are easier to see than in VVS diamonds.

SI (Slightly Included)

SI diamonds have inclusions that you can see with the naked eye.

I (Included)

I diamonds have inclusions that you can easily see.

Final Thoughts

To know the difference between a VVS and VS diamond ring is important. Especially when you are planning to buy one for you or a loved one.

Carl A. Jones, GIA GG

Carl A. Jones is a GIA Graduate Gemologist with over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry. He is an independent jewelry appraiser. He specializes in determining the value of diamonds and advising consumers on how to buy quality diamond jewelry.

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