Are VVS Diamonds Real?
It is incredibly rare to find a flawless diamond, but that doesn't mean that most diamonds are worth as much. Minute natural imperfections are common in all gems, including diamonds. The more you familiarize yourself with diamonds, the more often you'll come across "VVS" diamonds. Don't let this deter you though, because VVS diamonds are in fact genuine diamonds, but more than that, they're incredibly high-quality diamonds too.
What Are VVS Diamonds?
The Gemological Institute of America's 4Cs of diamond quality help us rate diamonds and other gems on these key characteristics: color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. Each of these elements helps grade and thus value a diamond. VVS refers to a stone's level of clarity.
The abbreviation "VVS" stands for "very, very slightly included." An inclusion is a flaw that develops as the diamond forms. These flaws range from microscopic to ones that influence the color and clarity of a diamond, and the more flaws a diamond has, the lower its rating. The GIA's Diamond Clarity Scale lists six levels of clarity:
- Internally flawless
- Very, very slightly Included
- Very Slightly Included
- Slightly Included