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VS2 Clarity
VS2 Clarity

VS2 Clarity

We recommend searching for a diamond with a VS1 to SI2 Clarity grade. A beautiful VS2 or VS1 diamond will look identical to a flawless graded diamond, assuming all else is equal (yet will cost significantly less).

As you increase in carat weight, and inevitably the size of your diamond, blemishes and inclusions may become more visible to the naked eye. For diamonds greater than 2.01 Carat, you may need to bump up to a VS1 or VVS2 clarity grade for an eye-clean diamond. Review all potential diamonds closely to ensure that no blemishes or inclusions are noticeable by the naked eye.

What Is VS2 Clarity?

In order to understand what a VS2 diamond is, it's important to know the basics of diamond dlarity. A diamond's clarity refers to the visual appearance of inclusions and blemishes. By definition, VS2 diamonds are stones that are Very Slightly Included. These inclusions are rarely noticeable to the naked eye, though.

Imperfections in diamonds are almost inevitable, based on their formation process. Diamonds face extreme heat of up to 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and are shaped in the earth's mantle at 80-120 miles deep. While diamond growth takes between one and three billion years, only the rarest diamonds emerge in perfect condition. Most of the time, diamonds are imperfect and contain varying degrees of surface blemishes and internal inclusions.

The GIA grades Clarity on the following scale:

Clarity Clarity Description
FL Flawless: No inclusions under 10x. A stone that is completely flawless. This is an extremely rare find.
IF Internally Flawless: No internal imperfections. A stone that has no internal flaws at all but does have surface flaws. Also, an extremely rare find.
VVS1-VVS2 Very Very Slightly Included: A stone with very minute internal inclusions that are extremely difficult to see under a 10X magnification.
VS1-VS2 Very Slightly Included: A stone with very minor internal inclusions that range from difficult to somehwat easy see under a 10X magnification.
SI1-SI2 Slightly Included: A stone that has imperfections visible under X10 magnification and may be visible with the unaided eye.
I1-I3 Included: A stone that has significant inclusions most often visible with the naked eye. Inclusions of this level drastically bring down the diamonds value.

VS2 Diamond inclusions are almost always easily noticed under 10x magnification (a standard jeweller's loupe). In some cases, the inclusion is in a difficult to spot location. Most often, though, the inclusion is large enough that it can be spotted quickly under magnification. VS2 inclusions are hardly every noticeable to the naked eye, especially in diamonds less than 2.0 Carat.

VS2 Clarity Diamond
VS2 Clarity Diamond.

Should I Buy A VS2 Diamond?

Our many years of diamond experience have shown us that VS1 and VS2 diamonds offer both excellent beauty and value. We generally recommend our readers look for VS1 and VS2 diamonds when searching for diamond rings and other fine jewellery. Most importantly, though, you want to be looking for a diamond that's eye-clean.

The most common mistake people make is that they purchase a diamond with a clarity grade that's simply too high to appreciate. An eye-clean VS2 diamond will look identical to a flawless graded diamond assuming all else is equal, but will cost far less.

For example, a round cut 0.8 carat diamond graded a VS1 clarity with an F color, costs around $3,300. A round cut 0.8 carat diamond graded a VVS2 for clarity with F color, but costs around $3,800. The VVS2 diamond costs 15% more than the VS1 diamond. Both diamonds are eye-clean. You can't see any blemishes or inclusions with the naked eye. Choosing the VS1 diamond will give you the same result as far as beauty, but again, will cost 15% less.

Diamonds Of 2.0 Carat Weight Or Greater

As you increase the carat weight and inevitably the size of the diamond, inclusions can be more visible to the naked eye.

Some larger diamonds even those with a high clarity grade like VS2 and VS1 are eye-clean. In these larger carat weights, open your search to include VS2, VS1 and VVS2 diamonds. You'll want to choose a diamond that's eye-clean, no matter the grade.

With diamonds that are 1 or even 2 carat, you can feel secure with a VS1 or VS2 grade. As you increase in carat, though, be sure the diamond is clean of imperfections at the naked eye level. Without using any magnification aids, you shouldn't be able to see any inclusions or flaws.

Diamonds With Step Cuts

Emerald cuts and asscher cuts are diamond shapes with step cuts. Diamonds containing step cuts are either square or rectangular. They have many parallel facets, making it easier to see inclusions.

For Emerald, asscher and baguette diamonds. Depending on your Carat weight, you may have to bump up to a VVS2 clarity grade to get an eye-clean diamond with step cuts.

Examples of undesirable VS2 diamonds

Inclusion Plot From GIA
Inclusion plot from GIA report shows a concentration of clouds in the same vicinity.

As you'll notice in the images above, an eye-clean diamond isn't always guaranteed with the VS2 clarity grade. An eye-clean stone is dependent on a few factors: the cut quality (better light performance helps conceal imperfections), the color of the inclusions and the nature of the flaws.

As another example of questionable eye-clean status is this 1.01 carat Princess cut. It's graded with Very Slightly Included 2 clarity. The inclusion may be visible to your naked eye depending on your eye's orientation to the diamond and the lighting conditions.

Princess Cut With Dark Inclusions
Princess cut with dark inclusions under table facet.

Most importantly, be sure to review every diamond closely (no matter the clarity grade) to ensure there are no noticeable imperfections.

Difference Between VS2 And VS1

It's usually quite difficult to tell the difference between VS2 and VS1 diamonds, especially those that are 1.0 - 2.0 Carats.

In terms of their definitions, there are some difference between VS1 and VS2 Diamonds. A VS1 clarity rating means minor inclusions are somewhat easily detected by a trained professional under 10X magnification. Without using magnification tools, you shouldn't be able to see any inclusions or flaws with your naked eye.

VS2 clarity means, on the other hand, that inclusions are almost always easily noticeable at 10x magnification. In most cases, the inclusion is large enough that it can be spotted quickly under magnification, although sometimes it's difficult to spot.

While VS2 diamonds are usually eye-clean, some outliers exist, especially in larger sized stones like 3, 4 and 5 carat diamonds. These outliers often barely make it past the SI1 grade and contain inclusions visible to the naked eye. This is why we continue to stress the importance of reviewing magnified photographs and videos before any purchase online. Reading a lab report will tell you the clarity grade, but it won't tell you if the diamond is eye-clean.

Because the difference between VS1 and VS2 is slight, we recommend looking for eye-clean VS2 diamonds with a carat weight less than 2.01. You won't sacrifice any of the beauty, but you'll save some of your budget for other important factors like cut quality. As you increase in carat weight, you may want to consider VS1 diamonds or even VVS2 diamonds to ensure you get one that's eye-clean.

Final Thoughts

It's essential to look closely at any diamond in order to evaluate its clarity. You need to see if the diamond has visible blemishes and inclusions to the naked eye. To watch for these imperfections, you need to review high quality images. That's why we recommend online retailers who offer high tech photography and videos online.