If you’re looking to buy a VVS diamond, it’s important to know that you’re getting your diamond from a reliable source and that you’re paying for the true quality. But where should you buy from?
If you go into jewelers, it’s fairly unlikely that they will have a stock of VVS diamonds in the store waiting for you to browse. More likely is that they have access to a variety of diamonds from their supplies on an as-needed basis. Usually, if a jeweler does have a stock of diamonds in store, they will tend to have fairly similar stones – they’ll favor the more popular colors and clarities that may not be what you’re looking for. It’s also more likely that the diamonds they do have are VS or SI clarity, as diamonds in this near-colorless range look very impressive and are more affordable, making them easier to sell for the jeweler.
If you’re set on buying a VVS diamond you will either find them in the most up-market jewelers, or online. These elite stores will come with the highest price for your diamond, so online buying can be preferable if you’re trying to find a VVS diamond for the fairest price. Online sellers can be the better option, as there’s often much more information provided about the diamonds as well as better pricing. However, as with any online purchasing, there is a level of risk involved. Making sure that you research the online vendor properly is crucial, as you don’t want to pay a large amount of money for a diamond that isn’t as impressive as you expect by the time you get your hands on it. Whether that’s because the clarity of the diamond was not as you were led to believe, or even it just isn’t as you imagined the diamond to be, you want to make sure that whoever you buy from is completely reliable, fully vetted and legit.
One of the downsides of online shopping for VVS diamonds is that vendors tend to list their products on multiple sites, meaning that you could find the perfect diamond for you and find out that it’s already gone by the time you try to buy it. There’s also the possibility of the diamonds not being pre-vetted, which could mean the quality is not as expected when the diamond arrives.
If you do decide to buy a VVS diamond online, you want to make sure that you check the website and the seller out before paying. If there are diamonds listed with old, outdated certificates, limited information about the product and quality, no return options or an unknown reputation of the seller, you should reconsider before purchasing. VVS diamonds are some of the most expensive diamonds available, so you want to know you’re paying for exactly what you want, and not receive a diamond with a lower clarity than listed because the seller was unreliable.
This 0.506 carat FVVS2 A Cut Above hearts and arrows diamond as pictured here is a VVS2 diamond, with plenty of information on the site to give you the correct details before purchasing.
Making sure that you put time and effort into researching your diamond before buying will ensure that you’re getting the quality that you’re paying for.