Carat, cut, clarity, and color help diamond buyers better understand the quality of the diamond they’re buying and the reason for its costs.

VS1 vs VS2 is one ranking in clarity that tells you about a type of inclusion in a diamond.

Are you considering a diamond purchase in the future? Read on to learn more about the 4 Cs of diamond buying, including the clarity ranking of VS 1 and VS 2.

What Are VS Diamonds?

When you purchase a diamond, there are many things to consider. Most people look to a diamond to sparkle and to be large enough to get noticed.

One classification for diamonds is clarity. A VS diamond is ranked as ‘very slightly included.’ This means the diamond has slight imperfections.

These are so slight they aren’t visible to the naked eye. In fact, imperfections can even be difficult to spot when magnified ten times over.

What Does VS Mean for Diamonds?

As you look at different types of diamonds, shapes, cuts, and sizes, you may hear the term VS. It’s one of the eight diamond clarity rankings. These include:

  • Flawless (Fl)
  • Internally Flawless (IF)
  • Very Very Slightly Included 1 (VVS1)
  • Very Very Slightly Included 2 (VVS2)
  • Very Slightly Included 1 (VS1)
  • Very Slightly Included 2 (VS2)
  • Slightly Included 1 (SI1)
  • Slightly Included 2 (SI2), Included 1 (I1), Included 2 (I2), and Included 3 (I3)

The VS describing a diamond means there are very slight inclusions that are a part of the diamond. Again, it’s worth noting that often an inclusion isn’t visible to the naked eye.

Types of Flaws in VS1 vs VS2

When a diamond gets a grade, like VS 1 or VS 2, there must be a distinction for why it receives one grade over the one above or below.

So, what are the key differences to why a diamond might be graded VS1 over VS 2?

A VS diamond, remember, will have slight inclusions not visible to the naked eye. A VS 1 diamond is likely to have inclusions that might include:

  • Crystal
  • Needle
  • Indented
  • Natural
  • Knot

A VS 2 diamond will likely have inclusions that include:

  • Cloud
  • Feather
  • Knot
  • Indented
  • Natural
  • Crystal

So, how do each of these descriptions show up in a diamond? How is one different from another? Let’s take a closer look at some of these types of inclusion in VS1 and VS 2 diamonds.


Often a diamond with a cloud inclusion will have a group or collection of inclusions. As the name suggests, cloud inclusion can impact how brilliant a diamond will sparkle.

Some cloud inclusions make a diamond appear hazy. A diamond with many of these types of inclusion can be referred to as a cloudy diamond.


A feather inclusion is one likely in a VS 2-grade diamond. Unlike how it sounds, a feather is actually an internal crack in the diamond. Remember, this isn’t likely visible to the naked eye.

How transparent the feather or crack appears will depend on its position on the diamond.


When you understand how diamonds are made naturally, you can see how a crystal inclusion could occur. A crystal inclusion is actually a piece of mineral within the diamond itself.

Some of the crystals will be colorless. Other times the mineral will have a color with it, often black, greenish, or reddish.

It’s worth noting that most crystal inclusions get a VS 1 grade.


The exception to that crystal grade is for a knot inclusion. A knot is a type of crystal inclusion. Instead of the mineral being inside the diamond, it’s on the surface of the diamond.

For this reason, a knot inclusion (a crystal one because it’s a mineral) gets graded lower as a VS 2.

Sometimes, a knot inclusion can be visible to the naked eye.

Indented Natural

When a diamond is mined, before it becomes a valuable piece of jewelry, it must first be polished.

When a part of the diamond is left unattended during the polishing process, it gets graded typically as a VS 1.

This type of inclusion is usually found at the girdle of the diamond.


As the name suggests, a needle inclusion is a long and thin type of inclusion. It’s also a crystal inclusion that presents as white or translucent.

Buying a VS Diamond: Is It Worth It?

As you consider buying a diamond, you might wonder whether you should purchase a diamond with a VS ranking.

Are they a good investment? Should you seek a diamond with a higher clarity ranking?

Experts believe that a diamond with a VS rating is a smart investment in many cases. While the diamond may not be flawless, it doesn’t have large inclusions that would be visible to the naked eye.

From an investment perspective, a VS diamond will hold value or appreciate over time.

Differences Between VS1 and VS2

Diamonds with a grade of VS or Very Slightly can either be ranked as VS 1 or VS 2. These inclusions will impact both the quality and costs of the diamonds with this ranking.

Let’s take a closer look.


When considering quality, there is a difference between a VS 1 and a VS 2.

A VS 1 diamond won’t have inclusions visible to the naked eye or up to ten times magnified.

A VS 2 diamond will only have inclusions visible with the naked eye 5% or less of the time. More inclusions than that would change the grade to a lower ranking.


Any diamond price has many factors. If you buy a diamond with a VS 1 or VS 2 ranking, you’re getting a lovely stone. The price difference between these rankings will likely be minimal if all other factors are equal.

Which diamond clarity grade is better for investment purposes?

Many experts suggest that investing in a diamond, with a VS rating can be a choice in situations. While the diamond might not be completely flawless it lacks imperfections that would be visible to the eye. From an investment perspective a VS diamond tends to maintain or increase its value over time. However there are factors to take into account when deciding on an investment.

Ultimately choosing between a VS1 and VS2 diamond depends on factors like size, cut and budget. If you’re looking for something investing in a VS1 would be your bet. Most diamonds over 1 carat, those with step cut shapes are more likely to have clarity at VS1 and appear cleaner to the eye. This means they have flaws making them more attractive to potential buyers and potentially increasing their resale value.

Considering the size of the diamond is also crucial. Larger diamonds generally have investment potential as they are rarer and more sought. Additionally the way the diamond is cut greatly affects its appearance and value. A cut diamond will display sparkle and brilliance making it more desirable for buyers and potentially increasing its investment worth.

Lastly your budget plays a role, in your decision making process.
When it comes to considering a diamond it’s important to keep in mind that while it may have investment potential it could also come with a higher price tag. It’s crucial to evaluate the investment potential, in relation to your limitations so you can make an informed decision.

To summarize opting for a VS diamond can be a move since it strikes a balance between quality and value. However when thinking about investing it’s essential to consider factors such, as the clarity grade, size, cut and your budget in order to maximize the returns.

Choosing VS1 vs VS2: Which Is Right for You?

A diamond with a VS 1 or VS 2 is likely a beautiful diamond worthy of consideration. When you consider VS1 vs VS2, the differences are minimal and often not visible to the naked eye.

If you’re ready to make a big diamond purchase, we can help. Contact us today to set up a Finer Custom jewelry appointment. We can answer all your diamond questions.


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Harmony GreenHarmony Green
23:13 01 Apr 24
Shimon is absolutely amazing at what he does and such a pleasure to work with. We had a custom wedding band made to complement my center stone and the design is quite unique. My fiancé was very apprehensive and worried about not going with a classic wedding band but we both couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Going to be hard not to wear this for the next few months! 😅
Dylan KuchanDylan Kuchan
21:42 19 Mar 24
Shimon was absolutely amazing. He not only was professional and courteous, but was understanding of my questions and made my visits very easy. Would highly recommend his services at Finer Custom Jewelry.
Alana VAlana V
22:15 18 Mar 24
We had a wonderful experience creating a custom engagment ring with Shimon. Shimon took the time to truly show us our options and helped shape our vision throughout the process.Shimon did a phenomenal job finding the perfect unique stone including similar stone options so we felt confident in our choice. It was such a fun process exploring our options and designing the perfect ring. Shimon is truly a master of his craft!
Ena DuriezEna Duriez
19:48 18 Mar 24
I absolutely love their jewelry, they have beautiful pieces. Highly recommend 👍
Monica J HairMonica J Hair
19:50 15 Mar 24
I had a custom bracelet made by Shimon and his team. From start to finish the process couldn’t have been more seamless. Genuinely a pleasure to work with Finer Custom Jewelry
Steven TocciSteven Tocci
02:32 07 Mar 24
Just got a new watch and needed a link removed. I found this store on Google and decided to stop in and see if they could help. Shimon doesn’t typically do watches, but he didn’t hesitate to stop what he was doing to help me. He took the time out of his day to help me and wouldn’t accept any payment. You can tell he takes extreme pride in his work and he will do whatever it takes to help his customers. I will absolutely be coming back and using him in the future!
Pamela SpearsPamela Spears
21:21 12 Feb 24
Shimon was very helpful, grand place finer jewelry sales. Would definitely recommend to everyone. Will definitely be back to this location
John HuntJohn Hunt
17:59 23 Jan 24
Great experience! Shimon helped me get a salt & pepper engagement ring. He understood exactly what I was looking for and the finished product greatly exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended!!
Sara TurnbullSara Turnbull
22:30 22 Jan 24
Shimon cleaned my wedding ring for me and made it look better than new. I couldn’t stop looking at it in the sun! I had forgotten its potential to shine like that. And Monica was a great help as well, they have an amazing and dedicated team 💍
01:24 05 Jan 24
My fiancé and I cannot say enough about Shimon and Finer Custom Jewelry. I had an heirloom ring from my mom, and two bands that I wanted to use to create a very specific ring, the ring of my dreams. After a lot of research, we found Shimon. Throughout the entire process, he was incredible. From our very first meeting where we went over my vision, to the final product. I feel so lucky to have found such a caring and talented jeweler. You can tell he takes such pride in his work, as he should because it is truly flawless. I would recommend Shimon to anyone I know. We are so thankful to have him to make our forever ring so incredibly special. It exceeded all our expectations and then some.
Laura VargasLaura Vargas
20:26 30 Dec 23
My fiance and I had a fantastic experience going through Finer Custom Jewelry for our wedding bands. Shimon and Monica both worked to create our dream rings within our budget. Would definitely recommend if you are looking for affordable, high quality, fast, and wonderful service.
Jacquie LymanJacquie Lyman
04:17 28 Dec 23
10/10 would recommend Finer Jewelery! I needed a repair on my wedding ring, and also wanted my engagement ring and wedding band soldered together. The service was incredible and the communication was as promised. Shimon is so kind and warm and friendly! My ring came back looking brand new!
Paige DimakosPaige Dimakos
23:15 04 Oct 23
Wonderful experience and customer service. Look forward to working with Shimon in the future.
Homa NikoHoma Niko
22:23 26 Sep 23
It was very nice meeting Shimon, he was very helpful on pricing my sister's ring. Very understanding and knowledgeable on jewelry. Thank you so much Shimon.
Kyle RootKyle Root
20:13 21 Sep 23
Shimon is a great guy super knowledgeable and I will definitely be coming to him again for my jewelry needs.
Lauren Van GyselLauren Van Gysel
18:18 18 Sep 23
Shimone was SO helpful and accommodating when I was selling jewelry! 10/10 experience and will be back!! :)
Roman MendezRoman Mendez
22:55 06 Sep 23
Great place. Shimon really helped me get a great offer on my diamond bracelet
Matthew RamirezMatthew Ramirez
18:25 01 Sep 23
Shimone was a pleasure to work with. He was both reasonable and fair when it came to selling a ring that I had been sitting on for a while. I would highly recommend Finer Custom Jewelry if you’re looking to sell any pieces. Shimone will treat you well.
denise drakedenise drake
22:23 29 Aug 23
Great experience working with Shimon. He had expert ideas about how to manage some antique jewelry and was super and helping us find the right rings!
Pure Air Service AZPure Air Service AZ
18:36 29 Aug 23
Thank you Shimon for your patience with me.I called finer custom jewelry to find a diamond ring to Propose my girlfriend and Shimon was really helpful and profesional.Really recommend.She said yessssss 😊
17:17 29 Aug 23
This place is absolutely amazing. The Jeweler Shimon did a wonderful job when pricing and inspecting the jewelry I brought in for sale. Extremely knowledgeable and very personable. recommend everyone comes here!!
Shelby KarrelsShelby Karrels
23:14 21 Aug 23
My experience with Finer Curation Jewelry was nothing short of phenomenal. Buying, selling, and creating custom jewelry can be a stressful and pressuring experience. However, from the moment I walked into Finer Custom Jewelry, I felt like a valued client. Shimon was patient, knowledgeable, and made the process so much easier than I had expected. If you are looking for a jeweler you can trust, you will find them here!
Sarah KanitschSarah Kanitsch
18:35 15 Aug 23
Amazing service! Helped immediately with the ring I had. Wonderful guy!!
Shane CsiszarShane Csiszar
23:49 07 Aug 23
Shimon was a pleasure to work with! Made the process very easy and enjoyable. We picked a beautiful emerald diamond, and I could not be happier with the quality of his work! I highly recommend Finer Jewelry!
Lauryn ScusselLauryn Scussel
03:27 20 Jul 23
Thanks to Shimon I was able to give my mom her dream Mother’s ring. It was done quickly and efficiently with great communication and a stunning product. A great company for your custom jewelry needs!!
Ryan BerryRyan Berry
17:19 11 Jul 23
Shimon was great to work with. We made a custom ring exactly how I drew it and my fianceé loved it. Will definitely come back for my ring!
Lisa HilchieLisa Hilchie
20:37 09 Jul 23
Shimon was very kind and professional. He responded quickly to my initial email, worked with my schedule to make an appointment, and took the time to answer any questions I had. I'm very happy with my decision to go to him.
Eli Garcia (ELI)Eli Garcia (ELI)
18:32 26 Jun 23
Ring came out perfect my Fiancé loved it, it fit perfect, I’d highly recommend this jeweler, also Shimon was very communicative and gave updates on the ring every chance he had, couldn’t have had a better experience.
Michael NedlerMichael Nedler
00:17 19 Jun 23
I had a big wedding anniversary coming and wanted to do something special for my wife. A friend suggested Finer so I contacted them. What a wonderful experience...Shimon led me through the process of picking an amazing diamonds as well as the perfect ring. My wife couldn't have been happier and I felt like a hero. I feel like a got an incredible ring for the money and will be back for the next occasion!
Arianna DohertyArianna Doherty
16:51 14 Jun 23
I needed to get two rings appraised and the process was easy and convenient. Shimon was able to meet with me the same week and got me the written appraisals within 3 days. I did not need to leave the items with him as some other jewelers require. I'm very pleased with the ease of working with Shimon.
Kayla ThurberKayla Thurber
02:32 16 Mar 23
I would give Shimon at Finer Custom Jewelry 10 stars if I could! He created an entirely custom ring for my fiancé just based on one Google image photo that she provided me. Before working with Shimon, I assumed I would not be able to afford a custom ring, but I was able to choose everything for the ring and stay perfectly within my budget. It was a very personal experience to create this ring and I felt heard by Shimon the entire time. (He even texted me to congratulate me on my engagement!) And he produced the most wonderful, amazing ring that will last for a lifetime! One final note: as a woman proposing to another woman, I was nervous to be judged when purchasing a non-traditional engagement ring. Shimon made me feel SO comfortable and validated. I could not recommend his services enough.
Daniel GoldbergDaniel Goldberg
00:55 03 Mar 23
My entire experience with Shimon was incredible start to finish. I came in with just an idea of what I wanted for an engagement ring. He took the time to explain the different options, settings and styles that would match my idea. Needless to say, the ring turned out beautifully and she loved it. Most importantly, Shimon was honest and fair. We will definitely be going back for all of our future needs.
Sarah RisiSarah Risi
18:47 14 Feb 23
Shimon helped me elevate my engagement diamond to a beautiful channel set band with my birthstone sapphires. I couldn’t be happier with the quality of his work!
Kyle BelskiKyle Belski
23:50 07 Feb 23
Shimon is the man! He took the time to help us design my fiancé’s ring just the way she wanted it. She now gets compliments on her ring on a daily basis. Shimon also got us a high quality diamond at a more than fair price. I recommend Finer Jewelry for all of your jewelry needs!
Aalia FuellerAalia Fueller
19:49 07 Feb 23
I’ve been working with Shimon for a year. I had all my mother’s diamonds reset. He helped me recreate a ring setting that joined my mom and dads diamonds so I have them with me at all times. He repaired many pieces and restrung my mom’s pearls. He’s a true professional and an amazing person. He and his wife have created an awesome business.If you want to design your own piece or buy one, Finer Jewelry is the place to go!
Lena GonzalezLena Gonzalez
17:10 25 Jun 22
Thank you to Shimon for this amazing diamond ring!! If you’re struggling looking for a jeweler in Arizona, you have to choose Finer Jewelry! He was very attentive to what I wanted and made me feel listened to throughout the entire process. He was truly a pleasure to work with, I could not recommend him enough!
Dania KassabDania Kassab
18:43 09 Jun 22
I’ve been looking for a yellow diamond ring for a while now and I’m so glad I foundation Finer Jewelry!!! Shimon showed me a variety of diamonds and made sure I was in love with the specific stone and shade of the diamond. Shimon made sure to educate me on my purchase which I really appreciated because I honestly didn’t know much about diamonds before meeting with him. I could not be more obsessed with this ring, so thank you so much Shimon for helping me find my dream ring!!!
Ashley BoldAshley Bold
07:24 29 Jan 22
If you are looking for a jeweler in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, look no further. As we began shopping for an engagement ring we went to a number of different jewelers in the area but no one offered the same level of customer service as Shimon at Finer Jewelry! He was so helpful and caring throughout the entire process of designing my dream ring. I get so many compliments on my ring and it’s all thanks to Finer Jewelry!!
22:48 24 Dec 21
I was gifted diamonds from my mother and both grandmother’s wedding rings and I wanted to make my own wedding ring with them. I was able to schedule an appointment the following day and began working on the ring design. They were so thorough in making sure the fit and design was just right by making 3D imaging and wax molds for you to see before the ring is actually made. The whole process took about a month from start to finish and you can’t beat the price! I’m beyond happy with what they made for me. It’s truly something special.
18:36 14 Dec 21
After sharing our diamond CCC wish list with Shimon we sat back and waited. Shimon took us seriously and carefully watched the exchanges for "our stone". He found us a nearly flawless diamond that presented 30% larger than its weight! We then asked Shimon to craft a setting that required specially cut supplemental diamonds. Shimon's relationships with diamond cutters and his goldsmith made it possible for him to deliver our dream setting with our own "hope" diamond! Shimon is personable, very fun to work with and completely transparent. He and his stones are priceless!
Deanna HuntDeanna Hunt
17:35 04 Nov 21
Amazing experience. My favorite diamond jeweler in Scottsdale. A custom experience, fair prices, honest, top quality. What more can I say!
Candace HagermanCandace Hagerman
00:03 08 Sep 21
Shimon did an amazing job understanding what I wanted in my ring. After picking out my main stone he found two that perfectly coordinated. It turned out so much more than I hoped. Will definitely recommend and return.
Robbie BurtonRobbie Burton
23:20 03 Aug 21
I found the staff to be more than happy to assist in the design and creation of a true family heirloom. The process of collaboration with this jeweler was such a joy. Me and my family will treasure this for a lifetime. Thank you so much. A truly happy customer.