What the Clarity of Your Engagement Ring Really Means

When it comes to buying an engagement ring, a diamond is a go-to gem of choice. There’s no question about it, diamonds are both inherently stunning and valuable, so why wouldn’t you want one on your engagement ring? What better way to encapsulate a token of your love than with this precious gemstone.

That said, choosing a diamond can be pretty difficult, there are many factors to take into consideration when choosing the perfect stone for your engagement ring. These are commonly known as the 4 C’s; cut, colour, carat and clarity.

When it comes to the clarity of diamonds, this typically means the amount of ‘inclusions’ or flaws the diamond has. The clearest level of diamond you can get is a VVS diamond, standing for ‘Very, Very, Slightly’ included. Within this, there are two categories, handily named VVS1 and VVS2. Both have different grades of clarity, but you have to understand that any inclusions are going to be unidentifiable to the naked eye.

To break it down, the VVS1 diamonds have inclusions on the underside of the diamond or located on the ‘pavilion’, these are pretty much undetectable. VVS2 diamonds have inclusions on the crown of the diamond, but they’re still super hard to see.

When it comes to inclusions on VVS diamonds, you’d have to look at the diamond with around 10x magnification to be able to spot the flaws. So, unless your loved one on the receiving end of the ring is an avid diamond enthusiast with the correct magnification tools, there’s a virtual impossibility that they’ll be aware of any flaws. Naturally, VVS diamonds are a lot pricier than their more flawed counterparts.

Are you planning to buy a large diamond? If the answer is yes, you’ll want to make sure that there’s a high level of clarity. After all, the larger the diamond the more noticeable inclusions and flaws will be.

VVS diamonds are without a doubt the best of the best when it comes to quality. But, it’s important to note that it is possible to get a diamond with a lower clarity grade, which is a lot cheaper, and to everyone else it’ll appear the same as a VVS gem. Despite these differences not being visible to the naked eye, the difference in price can be quite hefty.

Despite popular belief, buying a VVS diamond with the mind-set that it’s an investment is wildly inaccurate. When it comes to reselling diamonds, the market is massively over-saturated and the resale value tends to be more focussed on the cut and colour rather than the clarity.

Purchasing a VVS diamond is a big decision, it’s got a large price tag and as mentioned it’s not something you should be looking to sell on for a higher price. These diamonds are for life, so be sure to weigh up your options before your purchase. Luckily, there are plenty of places online to educate yourself on VVS diamonds, here’s a great place to start:

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