(Closed) Calling all diamond experts – what does VS2 actually mean?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@kittybee:Go back to the shop and ask if you can see it under their microscope or loupe. They can fully educate you about it. Then, if they find something inconsistent with what they told you–they found it themselves with you watching, and they’ll do something about it.

 (I am not a diamond expert.)

Post # 4
47 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

@kittybee: Yeah, I thought that VS2 meant that you could only see very slight inclusions under a 10x magnification and impossible to see with the naked eye!  You shouldn’t be seeing any imperfections with a VS2!  Hey, it can’t hurt to say something to the shop!

Post # 5
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

yeah i would totally take it back and have a look under the microscope so they can see for themselves…it also wouldnt hurt to check out another reputable jewlery for a second opinon before going back to the shop that tried to dupe you.


Post # 6
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

The different clarity levels mean where the inclusion is actually located within the diamond.  Like, I1-I3 is right up there at the top where you can see.  SI1-2 means its somewhere in that level right around the largest part of the diamond.  VS1-2 is supposed to be below the girdle I think it’s called, which the the band-looking area on the side.  If the inclusion is right in the middle, it might be easier to see.  I only know all of this because we chose our diamond and there were all kinds of charts and graphs lol.  Which angle are you looking at?  All of these levels usually mean when you’re looking at it from the top you can’t see anything with the naked eye.  Here is a little bit more info:


Post # 7
2321 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Wow! This is good to know! I had no idea as well what all those stand for.

Post # 9
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My ring is a VS2 and I cant see anything.  When he bought it, they walked him through it and gave him a print out of the ring with everywhere that there was any “cloudiness” (under a scope).  My Brother bought his wife a VS 2 also and had the issue that you are having.  She saw an inclusion and he knew it wasnt supposed to be there.  He took it back to the jeweler he got it from and they told him they “accidentally” switched diamonds.  They ended up reseting it with a better diamond than he bought in the first place- and he (and my father) went back to pick it up and double check it.  You could either go back to that jeweler and talk to them, or have it appraised elsewhere and then take the appraisal back with the one they gave him.  Then they cant refute it.


Post # 10
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

with a vs2 you should not be able to see anything with the naked eye. I would take it back to the store so your Fiance can get some of his money back.

Post # 11
1747 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Have you cleaned it lately?

I know that sometimes a little dirt can get trapped underneath.

Post # 13
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I don’t know if this will make you feel any better but I have an SI1 and there is a TINY TINY black speck in the middle but it’s mostly hidden by the cut and no one will ever notice it but me.  I tried to show my Fiance and he couldn’t see it.  I just think of it as a mark that shows it is mine if I ever have anything done to my ring.  🙂

Post # 14
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yeah I think with a VS2 you shouldn’t be able to see anything. I know my Darling Husband comprimised on the clarity (I think I’m an SI2) and i have two visible inclusions, but one is hidden by the setting since it’s on the outer rim and the other is extremely hard to see because of how good the cut is, usually the diamond sparkles so much it’s invisible. It has to be in a certain light in order to see it.

I’m not really sure what you can do as far as getting money back, unfortunately I feel like this is something that needed to be negotiated ahead of time. If there is adequate paperwork on the diamond, the jeweler can probably stand behind thath and make up some reason why you can see an inclusion and why it fits with a VS2 rating.

Post # 15
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@kittybee: Who was it certified by?  GIA?  AGS?  EGL?

VS2 means very slight included (can see inclusions with a 10X microscope), but it is on the lower end of the VS spectrum so your diamond may be borderline VS – SI.  

Generally you should not be able to see inclusions with a VS grade stone, but since it is a VS2 there is a possibility of having a very small inclusion that may be visible to the naked eye (as in your eye is pressed up against the stone looking very closely).  If you look at your certification sheet it should tell you exactly where the inclusions are and what kind of inclusions you have (clouds, feathers, crystals, etc.)

I don’t think your Fiance “paid for something he didn’t get”.  From your description it sounds like it is very difficult to see the inclusion..  If it was a VVS2 then I would be worried, but with a VS2 I think he probably got a fair deal.

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