VVS vs SI Diamonds

The allure of diamonds remains unwavering, captivating generations with their timeless charm. Two pivotal factors that define the splendor of these gems are their clarity and cut, alongside color and carat. Strategizing your engagement ring budget involves striking a balance among the 4Cs of diamonds, with potential compromises in specific areas.
Enhancing your diamond's carat or cut might necessitate a trade-off with some clarity - but for novices, navigating through the various clarity grades can be quite daunting due to their complexity.
Exquisite Half Round Solitaire Engagement Ring
Exquisite Half Round Solitaire Engagement Ring
The clarity of a diamond involves the presence or absence of internal and external flaws, known as inclusions and blemishes, respectively. Expertise is necessary to complete this extremely complex area of diamond grading.
In our exploration of VVS (Very, Very Slightly Included) vs SI (Slightly Included) diamonds, we turn to the Gemological Institute of America's (GIA) clarity scale, categorizing diamonds into 11 grades, ranging from Flawless (IF) to Included. The majority of gem diamonds fall within the spectrum of Very, Very Slightly Included to Slightly Included.
The distinction between VVS and SI diamonds spans multiple clarity levels. VVS stands just a grade away from IF, the most extraordinary grade of diamond clarity, which constitutes less than 1% of all certified natural diamonds worldwide.
So, which path should you tread? Your diamond requirements and desires will shape both the extent of your financial commitment and the potential compromises you are willing to make.
In order to explain the difference between VVS and SI, we must examine how clarity and brilliance interact. To determine whether upgrading to VVS from SI is worth the expense for your circumstances, we will also look deeper at the differences between the two.

Understanding Diamond Clarity Grades: How to Evaluate Them

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) grades diamond clarity on a scale ranging from Flawless (FL) to Included (I3). Flaws present within a diamond are evaluated according to the size, type, location, and number that are visible at 10x when grading clarity.
Flawless diamonds are extremely rare and do not exhibit any visible inclusions or blemishes, even under a 10x magnification. On the other hand, Included diamonds can have prominent flaws that compromise their durability and appearance.
The utilization of light performance imaging can provide valuable information about diamonds that cannot be obtained through visual inspection alone, whether you are evaluating diamonds online or in person. Using diagnostic tools such as ASET, Ideal Scope, and Hearts and Arrows viewer, we can detect light leakage, optical symmetry faults, and contrast issues.
A high-definition video shows performance details such as scintillation and fire dynamically. With magnified HD video, you can inspect any clarity features on loose diamonds for that extra peace of mind. The quality and beauty of a diamond can be determined comprehensively with these exceptional diamond images and a laboratory report.
For a deeper dive, our comprehensive educational resources provide insights into diamond clarity and the intricate grading process. We have extensive education pages covering diamond clarity and the clarity grading process so that you can get a better understanding of this crucial aspect of diamonds.

VVS Clarity Diamonds

Simulated Diamond Clarity Grading Scale from FL to I3
Simulated Representation of the Diamond Clarity Scale
A VVS diamond is one that is very, very slightly included in the diamond classification system. VVS grades are subdivided into two subcategories; VVS1 and VVS2 - but place a VVS1 diamond next to a VVS2 diamond and to the naked eye it would be impossible to say which was the higher clarity diamond. In both cases, there would be no eye-visible inclusions; the minute inclusions present are challenging even for skilled graders to detect at 10x magnification.
The GIA, which developed the grading scale used by most laboratories in the world, defines VVS diamonds as having inclusions that are difficult for a skilled grader to observe under 10x magnification. Diamonds with these inclusions can only be detected under a microscope by an expert, so they are guaranteed eye-clean.
2ct VVS1 Diamond Magnified Photographs
2ct VVS1 Diamond Magnified Photographs
The question often arises: Why not opt exclusively for the highest diamond clarity grades?
While elite clarity grades come with a premium due to their scarcity, Si diamonds offer an exquisite alternative that blends both captivating brilliance and accessibility.
Do VVS diamonds by default have a beautiful appearance? Unfortunately not. There is no diamond in the world that is not subjected to close scrutiny for color, and especially for cut quality, regardless of clarity.
The ideal scenario would be that we'd all wear ‘IF’ (internally flawless) or ‘FL’ (flawless) grades. It is true that these are the most perfect diamonds, but their price also reflects their rarity, making them somewhat beyond the reach of the average diamond buyer. They are rare, remarkable diamonds.

SI Clarity Diamonds

Clarity Grading Scale
SI diamonds are classified as "Slightly Included" representing a broader range of clarity within this category. These diamonds may contain inclusions that are visible to the naked eye, though the extent can vary.
It is ultimately the amount and type of inclusions that determine the clarity grade of a diamond. If the inclusions and flaws are more noticeable, an expert will likely grade a diamond as Slightly Included. A diamond can be SI1 or SI2 depending on how visible the flaws are.
The location of flaws will often play a key role in determining whether a diamond is clean to the naked eye.
SI clarity diamonds present a fascinating spectrum, showcasing the various ways inclusions can manifest. From barely perceptible specks to more noticeable features, SI diamonds offer a unique opportunity to explore the intersection of clarity and visual appeal.
By opting for SI diamonds, buyers can allocate their budget more flexibly across other diamond attributes such as cut quality, color, and carat weight. This flexibility allows for customization, ensuring that your diamond investment aligns closely with your preferences and financial considerations.
In order to ensure the quality of our diamonds, we only sell those with reports from highly respected institutions. As a result of the acquisition by GIA of AGSL, GIA has gained a reputation for scientifically rigorous light performance cut grading, along with a consistent grading of color and clarity. Learn more about diamond clarity grading here.
This decision is entirely yours - and we are here to assist you if you need it.

VVS vs SI: The Breakdown

Clarity VVS2 and SI1
Budget, beauty, and taste should all be considered when choosing a diamond. Ultimately, it's a matter of personal preference and budget.
It is important to keep in mind that diamond inclusions vary depending on the cut. Brilliant cuts, such as round, conceal inclusions better than step cuts, such as Emerald or Asscher.
We are all in favor of informed diamond shoppers who insist on owning a diamond that meets the highest purity standards. In the eyes of these shoppers, nothing can compare to the rarity of a VVS or higher.
However, diamond rarity does not matter to everyone; what matters is that the diamond is stunning within their budget. It is possible to find stunning diamonds in a lower clarity range than VVS - both VS and SI are all worth considering. Below are a few more factors to consider.


Compared to FL or IF diamonds, VVS diamonds are significantly less expensive and attainable. And there is an even greater price difference between VVS and SI clarity.
Representing less than 1% of the world’s diamonds, VVS clarity diamonds are a rare sight to behold. Visually, VVS diamonds are microscopically clean and are only slightly less pure than flawless grades.
It is important to note that a diamond's price is determined by its color, cut, clarity, and carat. In some cases, even VVS diamonds can be very inexpensive because of their poor cut, small size, or lower color grades. In spite of this, well cut VVS diamonds of good color and good size are highly valued, as can be seen in any VVS diamond chart or price guide.
There can be a 20% to 50% difference in price between a VVS diamond of the same cut, color, and carat and a comparable SI diamond of the same grading. Although this estimate is rough, it represents a good starting point. It is very possible that the price difference would be much bigger if the diamonds had differing characteristics or if the market conditions were different.
When assessing comparable VVS and SI diamonds in practical settings such as ring settings and normal lighting conditions, the visual differences in clarity become less pronounced. Both types of diamonds will exhibit scintillation, fire, and brilliance that captivate the observer's eye when the 4Cs are balanced, with cut prioritized.
It is best to balance beauty and budget by purchasing a diamond that has no problematic inclusions and is 'eye-clean'. Understanding the visual impact of these choices helps you make an informed decision that aligns with your preferences.


VVS diamonds evoke a sense of wonder that extends beyond their external brilliance. They encapsulate a legacy of rarity, each stone carrying a tale of exceptional clarity and enduring allure. When a high color grade and an excellent cut come together, a diamond qualifies as a 'collector's quality’ gem.
Your investment in purity goes beyond just aesthetics - it includes rarity, a quality that is beyond what can be seen by the naked eye.
In the SI clarity grade, it may be possible to find visually clear and beautiful diamonds, provided advanced imaging is available for examination, but for some, the rarity aspect of VVS diamonds remains non-negotiable.


The primary distinction between VVS and SI diamonds lies in the visibility of inclusions under 10x magnification. VVS diamonds appear virtually flawless to the naked eye due to their minuscule inclusions that are nearly impossible to discern without magnification.
On the other hand, SI diamonds have visible inclusions under magnification and, in some instances, to the naked eye. Even so, SI diamonds can still be extremely brilliant and firey, offering a stunning aesthetic.
Should a diamond possess both eye-clean clarity and an exceptionally masterful cut it has the potential to become a truly breathtaking gem, all while remaining within a sensible price range.
Even so, if you're looking for a diamond of collector's quality and are a connoisseur of finer things, then a VVS2 or even a VVS1 might be the best choice for you.

What is the Right Choice for Your Diamond?

Lab Grown VVS Diamonds

When it comes to quality and clarity, VVS diamonds are among the best, making them rare and expensive in natural diamonds. There is, however, a more affordable alternative available today to diamond shoppers - laboratory-grown diamonds.
Lab diamonds are real diamonds, possessing essentially the same chemical, physical, and optical properties as naturally occurring diamonds.
In recent years, lab-grown diamonds have gained popularity among shoppers due to their combination of quality, availability, and especially their affordability. Since these diamonds are manufactured in larger quantities, their price isn't determined by rarity, resulting in wider availability of diamonds with high clarity and color grades at much lower prices than comparable natural diamonds.
VVS Lab diamonds may be the best choice if you are looking to maximize carat size, cut, and clarity. When it comes to lab diamonds, there is little need to compromise on any of the 4C's and the cost savings can be used towards other desires such as designer engagement rings.
On the other hand, when it comes to a diamond that will maintain its value over time, a natural diamond is the best choice. No matter what kind of diamond you choose, you should never compromise on its cut quality.
Any diamond purchase you make, whether lab-grown or natural, should be accompanied by a gem laboratory report such as GIA or IGI.

VVS vs SI: A Summary

The decision between VVS and SI diamonds revolves around your unique preferences and financial considerations. Both clarity grades offer distinct advantages, catering to diverse segments of the market.
Whether you opt for the exceptional clarity of VVS diamonds or the budget friendly affordability of SI diamonds, what matters most is that your choice resonates with your personal taste and fulfills your desires for a stunning and meaningful diamond.
VVS clarity diamonds are at the top of the diamond clarity scale and are higher than the average clarity grade for an engagement ring in the USA. When combined with an excellent cut and good color, VVS diamonds are truly spectacular.
When all other factors are equal, a SI diamond will cost considerably less than a VVS. Nonetheless, you should be aware that a diamond's price is affected by color, cut, and diamond weight.
We believe that an informed decision is a confident decision. That's why we prioritize transparency and education throughout your diamond exploration. Our resources, from detailed diamond information to expert guidance, empower you to make choices aligned with your preferences and values.

Finding the Ideal Diamond for You at Whiteflash

At Whiteflash, we only offer diamonds we believe will captivate you with every glance. Diamonds of outstanding cut quality and light performance either natural or lab grown, colorless or near-colorless, in elite and budget friendly clarity grades, means that you will be able to find a beautiful diamond in your budget.
Whatever your preferences and budget , rest assured that we wholeheartedly support your choice!
There is something special about the allure of perfection for some people. There are plenty of people who feel the same way about owning a nearly flawless gem. If you are one of them, you can search our A CUT ABOVE® Collection Series for diamonds with the highest pedigree.
Offering some of the finest diamonds in the world, this collection combines the internationally acclaimed A CUT ABOVE® super ideal cut quality with the highest quality color and clarity grades (DEF and FL-VVS).
SI diamonds can also be beautiful, but their evaluation requires a more individualized approach.
In order to find the best value, the majority of discerning diamond buyers shop online since VVS natural diamonds carry a premium and SI diamonds require comprehensive grading and imagery before being considered. Whether it concerns diamonds of this caliber or other diamond purchases, a reputable vendor should provide complete transparency and high-quality information.
With the Whiteflash diamond search tool, finding the right diamond is a breeze, and VVS and SI clarity diamonds are both available. In buying diamonds, there are many factors to take into account because diamonds are not just commodities, they are special gifts to cherish forever whether an engagement ring for a partner or a dazzling piece of jewelry you've always desired.
If you are considering Whiteflash for your diamond purchases, we hope you will do so with complete confidence. Our commitment to excellence and customer care set us apart as a trusted destination for those seeking the perfect diamond.

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