VS1 and VS2 are both clarity grades for lab made diamonds that fall within the “Very Slightly Included” (VS) range. These diamonds have small inclusions or blemishes that are visible under 10x magnification but are not visible to the naked eye.
The main difference between VS1 and VS2 is the size, location, and visibility of the inclusions. A VS1 diamond will have smaller inclusions or blemishes that are harder to see under magnification and may be located towards the edge or underside of the diamond. A VS2 diamond will have slightly larger inclusions or blemishes that may be more visible under magnification and may be located more towards the centre of the diamond.
In general, the difference between VS1 and VS2 is not noticeable to the naked eye, and both grades represent high-quality diamonds that are considered to be a good value for their level of clarity.
However, the price of a VS1 diamond may be slightly higher than a VS2 diamond due to its higher clarity grade.
Ultimately, when choosing a diamond, it’s important to consider all of the 4 Cs (carat weight, colour, clarity, and cut) and prioritise which factors are most important to you and your partner.
It’s worth noting that while VS1 and VS2 diamonds are both high-quality, there is some variation in the specific diamonds within each grade. For example, one VS1 diamond may be closer in clarity to a VVS2 diamond, while another may be closer to a VS2. Similarly, one VS2 diamond may be closer to a VS1, while another may be closer to an SI1.
This is why it’s important to work with a reputable jeweller who can provide a detailed grading report for the diamond you are considering. The grading report, typically provided by an independent gemological laboratory such as GIA or AGS, will provide a detailed analysis of the diamond’s 4 Cs, including its clarity grade and specific characteristics of any inclusions or blemishes.
One more thing to keep in mind is that the clarity grade of a diamond is just one aspect of its overall value and beauty. A diamond’s cut, colour, and carat weight can also have a significant impact on its appearance and price.
For example, a well-cut diamond can maximise the diamond’s brilliance and fire, making it appear more brilliant and lively. Similarly, the colour of a diamond can also affect its appearance, with colourless or near-colourless diamonds often appearing more brilliant than those with more colour.
Carat weight is also an important factor to consider, as larger diamonds are generally more rare and valuable than smaller ones. However, larger diamonds can also be more expensive, so it’s important to find a balance between carat weight and other factors such as cut, colour, and clarity.
Ultimately, the best way to choose a diamond that fits your preferences and budget is to work with a reputable jeweller who can provide guidance and expertise throughout the selection process. They can help you understand the different factors that contribute to a diamond’s value and beauty and find a diamond that meets your specific needs and budget.