VS1 Diamond Clarity – Basic Guide

 VS1 DiamondClarity grade is one grade that is part of the basic four C’s that are used to check the clarity of diamonds. A clarity grading system that was created is order to set apart diamonds according to the 11 clarity grades range that categorize each diamond in regards to its price costs and value.

GIA (gemological institute of America) formed the most known clarity chart that is also used by most other gemological labs. GIA is the most reputable one in the market followed by AGS that actually does not use the same chart, but still carry high standards.

There are eleven diamond clarity grades in the chart and one is the VS1 diamond grade. VS1 diamonds are classified as diamonds having small flaws (inclusions and/or blemishes) that can only be seen using a ten times (10x) magnifying loupe and not through the naked eye. VS1 diamonds are fitted to shoppers who are looking for somehow good clarity grade or at least flaws are not even barely seen or obvious.

Diamonds are really expensive and considered as the most valuable gem type. But there are still distinctions of prices among of the diamonds. Clarity is only one of the distinctions; others are carat, color, and cut. VS1 diamonds could be pricey or not depending on the parameters it has.

When buying VS1 diamonds, it is highly recommended that shoppers have at least basic knowledge about diamonds. They need to know and validate that diamonds from stores or online shops are all authentic. They should be careful enough in assessing each VS1 diamond they will buy.

  • Make a request to check diamonds using a magnifying loupe. For stores, check personally the diamond’s internal and external characteristics. If through online shops, the website should provide real-time and equivalent magnified images just like with www.jamesallen.com website. With this, VS1 graded diamonds can be verified.
  • Check price of VS1 diamonds with accordance to carat, color, and cut. Remember that clarity is not only the factor affecting the cost of diamonds.
  • Ask for certifications. Each diamond has own certification but chose those certified by either GIA or AGS gem laboratories.