Things to Know About VVS1 Diamond (Lab & Natural)

If you desire a perfectly transparent diamond, a VVS1 graded diamond may be the one for you. Nearly as rare as flawless diamonds, VVS1 diamonds are highly coveted by those seeking the best of the best. On the diamond clarity scale created by the Gemological Institute of America, a VVS1 diamond is classified as Very Very Slightly Included, indicating its exceptional clarity and value.

The clarity scale rates diamonds based on their level of purity, with VVS1 being a top-tiered grade next to only Flawless and Internally Flawless stones. These diamonds have microscopic inclusions that are barely visible to the naked eye. Generally, it requires a 10x magnification loop or microscope to see them. The inclusions are natural earthly minerals that got trapped in the diamond's formation that is unique to each stone like a person’s fingerprints.

While inclusions can be seen as imperfections in the diamond, they are not always visible to the naked eye, and some people may even view them as unique features that add character to the gemstone. In addition, the inclusions of these highly graded diamonds do not, normally, compromise the gemstone’s structural integrity making it extremely popular amongst gem lovers.

Less than 1 out of every 100 diamonds are graded as VVS1. Therefore, VVS1 diamonds will come with a bit of a premium. It ultimately comes down to personal preference and budget. Diamonds with few or no inclusions are incredibly rare, so it's not necessary to compare your diamond to that level of perfection.

If budget is a concern, shopping further down the clarity scale may be an option. However, it's essential to understand the trade-offs between price and quality before making a purchase. Overall, a VVS1 diamond is an excellent choice for those seeking high-quality, almost flawless diamonds.

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