What are VVS2 Clarity Diamonds?

Rian here - we’ve written these clarity grade articles for you to get the nitty gritty on each diamond clarity grade. You can also get the big picture: view our page on the diamond clarity scale or read more posts in diamonds 101 about specific diamond clarity grades. Enjoy!

The Details About VVS2 Clarity Diamonds

Here we are at level two of the ‘very, very slightly included’ bracket. ‘VVS2’ clarity grade diamonds are the ‘fun’ friend of the ‘VVS1’s.

‘VVS2’ diamonds will not have one large inclusion, but will rather have a number of ‘VVS1’ quality inclusions like pinpoints and needles. The other main difference is that ‘VVS2’ stones will likely have a slightly more noticeable inclusion when looking at the face (top) of the diamond.

That said, these inclusions are still only visible under 10x magnification! Bottom line, a ‘VVS2’ diamond (just like its better-behaved friend ‘VVS1’) is still absolutely eye-clean.

VVS2 Diamond Drawbacks

The main problem for me when it comes to ‘VVS2’ is the price. People tend to make a mistake when it comes to this clarity in particular, choosing it over lower grades such a ‘VS1’ because they think they’re getting a much better diamond. It’s down to the psychology of the quality bands – going for a ‘very, very slightly included’ stone must be better than going for a ‘very slightly included’ one, right?

Wrong. There will be no naked-eye difference between a ‘VVS2’ and a ‘VS1’ for example, even though there might well be more inclusions in more noticeable places with the lower graded stone. Unfortunately, there will be a difference in price between those two, as retailers will count on you getting all fancy and opting for the better sounding grade.

VVS1 Clarity Diamonds

VS1 Clarity Diamonds

Dr. Rian Mulcahy
Dr. Rian Mulcahy
Rian is officially a Diamond PhD - just ping us if you’d like to read her fascinating 200-page thesis, titled Facets of Value: An Investigation into the Formation of Worth in the Diamond Market. She has consulted various firms all along the pipeline, from the rough diamond market to the recycled diamond industry. She holds an MA in Globalisation and Development from University College Cork and a PhD in the Sociology of Diamond Valuation from the London School of Economics.