The diamond industry uses an industry-wide system of grading to inspect and evaluate individual loose diamonds. This ensures that each loose diamond is held to the same standard as the rest so consumers will have a true indication of the quality of the diamonds they want to purchase.
Not every diamond retailer will use this grading system, the ones that do will offer certified diamonds which is an indication that the diamonds they sell have indeed been graded.
Most diamonds are graded in an independent gemological laboratory. The most reputable, and widely-known diamond laboratory is the Gemological Institution of America; also known as the GIA. The grading scale they used is based on a number of different characteristics all diamonds have.
A diamond’s color is graded by comparing it other diamonds (Called a controlled group) that has already had their color determined and certified. The gemologist will make the comparison and determine the color of the diamond being grade by giving it a color grade that is the closest match to the color of the diamonds in the controlled group.
A gemologist will examine the loose diamonds, and look for inclusion and blemishes; imperfections that were naturally created in the diamonds when they were formed deep within the earth’s crust. The number of imperfections and where they are located on or within the diamond are noted. The imperfections are and then used to determine the clarity of the diamonds.
Many people falsely believe that cut refers to the shape into which a diamond is cut, but this isn’t true. Cut actually refers to the quality of the cuts made by the diamond cutter when he shaped the diamond, not the actual shape.
All diamonds have a refracting quality which means a diamond will bend or distort the light that enters into it. If the cut is a good quality cut that light will enter the diamond at the top surface, travel down into the stone where it bounces around before traveling back up and out of the top surface again. This is also what gives a diamond its dazzling sparkle.
While not many people actually get married during the holiday season, a large majority of them get engaged. It’s estimated that more people get engaged during the holiday season than on the ever-popular lover’s holiday of Valentine’s Day.
It’s a startling phenomenon that can’t be explained with any certainty. Some speculate the holidays are when people get those big bonuses, and therefore they’re able to afford to buy diamonds. Others say most people are saps when it comes to the romantic side of life, and people just can’t control themselves. So what are the rules of engagement in the holiday season? The answer is there are very few of them.
One thing to always remember is to be mindful of others who may be harboring some sad, empty feelings during this time of year. Widowers, and divorcees, especially may be sensitive to your engagement. While they’ll surely be happy for you, the announcement could spark some sorrow for them. Talking with them first may be all it takes to quell any sorrowful feelings that could arise at the announcement of your engagement.
Another thing to bear in mind is that most people are financially strapped during the holidays. Too much gift giving and not enough financial stability to back it up can leave people cash-strapped this time of year. You might want to consider sticking to just the engagement announcement for now, then holding your engagement party sometime after the holidays are over.
Finally, don’t announce your engagement on social networking media. Facebook, twitter, Instagram and other social networking sites are fun and engaging, but they’re not really the proper place to make such a personal announcement like getting engaged. There will be time to post pictures of your diamonds at another time. Don’t take away from the intimacy of an engagement by posting it to the world.
The truth is that each engagement is unique and special in its own right. Each couple has their own road they’ve walked along and their own personal horizon they’re hoping to one day reach. Because of this, use your imagination when it comes to popping the big question.
Are you a huge sports fan? Propose to her at center court when she least expects it. Is your soon-to-be fiancé a hopeless romantic? Maybe a romantic diner on a brisk, moonlit patio somewhere remote would be the perfect spot to pop the question. Propose in a crown of strangers or surrounded by an intimate circle of family and friends. There’s no holds barred when it comes to making your holiday proposal memorable and special.
These rules aren’t written in stone. However, the holidays should be as stress-free as possible. Following these simple rules of engagement for the holiday season can help keep stress at bay, and make your engagement a wonderful and special time.
Whether you get an early start on your holiday shopping or you find that the holiday season sneaks up on you without warning, you don’t have to miss out on those great holiday bargains. Finding great prices on princess cut diamonds is within your reach no matter when you start your holiday shopping. Before you start, take a look at these three money-saving tips for shopping for princess cut diamonds this holiday season.
Make a budget
Ok, who can stick to a budget during the holidays, right? Overspending can be hard to avoid, but starting out with a budget can actually keep you from extreme overspending. When you have a budget, you’ve got a rough idea of what you want to spend. This rough idea can serve as a baseline reminder of how much you should and shouldn’t be spending.
There will be more than just a handful of diamond retailers offering you great prices on princess cut diamonds. You can bet each one of them will tote their sale as the best deal out there. This may or may not be true. In order to find the best price you’ve got to take your time and shop around.
When comparison shopping, be sure you’re comparing accordingly. For instance, comparing the prices of a 1.6 carat fancy pink diamond with a 1 carat white diamond with a low clarity grade is like comparing apples and oranges. Be sure to compare princess cut diamonds that are similar so you know which deal is the best.
The best way to do this is to understand the 5 C’s of the diamond industry. The 5C’s stand for color, clarity, cut, carat and certification. Diamonds are graded on these criteria.
Clarity refers to the number of flaws a diamond has. The more flaws, the lower clarity grade it gets; the lower the grade the less valuable the diamond. Cut refers to the quality of the cut of the diamond. A high quality cut will allow light to enter the diamond, bounces off the inside, and then bounce back out the top surface again. A poor cut diamond will allow light to escape out of the bottom and sides of the diamond.
Color refers to the degree of color a diamond has; the more saturated the color, the more valuable the diamond. Carat refers to the number of points a diamond is given; the more points, the more valuable it is. Certification means the diamond has been inspected and graded by and independent diamond lab with no vested interest in the sale of the diamond. The most reputable diamond laboratory is the Gemological Institution of America (GIA).
It’s good to have an idea of what you want your princess cut diamonds to look like, but being too stringent could wind up costing you. Be flexible enough to consider bending a little on what your vision of the perfect princess cut diamonds looks like, and you’re sure to find some great holiday deals.
Selling your loose diamonds can be a great way to come up with some much needed cash. The market for loose diamonds is broad and includes all walks of life. From jewellers, and investors to common consumers looking to purchase their own diamonds, you should be able to sell your rocks in no time at all. Here are some tips for selling diamonds to get you pointed in the right direction.
Determine the value of your diamonds
Before you can put your diamonds out there for potential buyers you’ve got to know what they are worth. There are a couple of ways you can go about this. First, you could have them appraised by a qualified jeweler or at an independent gemologist laboratory.
The most reputable gemologist laboratory is the Gemological Institution of America; more commonly referred to as the GIA. Two other popular gemological laboratories are the American Gem Society (AGS), and the International Gemological Institution (IGI). These laboratories will use the 4 C’s (clarity, color, cut, and carat) to evaluate and grade for your diamonds.
It’s important to understand that when your loose diamonds have been certified, you will have the knowledge to place a value on your diamonds that you can confidently stand behind. Next, do some research into what other similar diamonds are selling for.
A great tool for this is the Rapaport Diamond Report. This is a weekly, industry-wide report diamond retailers use to place value on the diamonds they sell. Additionally, you can browse the web or window shop locally to get an idea of the value of your rocks. Now it’s time to advertise the diamonds for sale.
There are a few great avenues you can use to get the news out there that you have loose diamonds for sale. Your local newspaper is one. This will attract people in your immediate area which may save you some money by not having to ship the merchandise to a buyer. You could also advertise them for sale on any online auction site.
The widely-popular eBay is one, but there are many others like Etsy, and Ubib that consumers have had great success selling their wares on. Check out these and other sites, and see which one(s) best suits your needs. You could also sell them through a local diamond store; though you would have to sell them on consignment which means you’ll have to give the jewelry shop owner a cut of the sale.
Finally, don’t rule out advertising your loose diamonds for sale on your personal blog or the ever-popular, Facebook. There are some precautions you should take that are extremely important to your safety no matter which venue you choose to sell your diamonds in.
If you meet personally with a potential buyer, do so in a public place. Bring a friend with you as well if that’s possible. Also, once you’ve let the cat out of the bag that you’ve got stones in your possession, it would be a wise idea to keep them in a safe deposit box, or in a secure home safe until you have sold them.
Are you looking for a diamond engagement ring for your sweetheart? Are you on a budget and find that the prices of diamond engagement rings are a little steep for your wallet? If money is tight, you don’t have to settle for something less than what you want. There’s another way of getting a diamond engagement ring that you’ll be completely satisfied with.
If you don’t have a lot of cash to toss around, consider purchasing your rocks separately, and then have them mounted into a setting. Pre-fabricated diamond engagement rings can be costly. When you buy loose diamonds, and then having them mounted in a setting, it can be much cheaper.
When you shop for a prefabricated ring, you are held hostage to the sizes and settings the retailer is offering. You may like the halo setting, but you can’t afford a 3.5 carat vivid pink diamond. Or you might be able to afford the vivid pink diamond, but none of the settings they are mounted in appeal to you. When you buy loose diamonds and a setting separately, you can get what you want, and usually save money in the process.
Another advantage to buying the rock separately is that you have the option to have them clarity enhanced. What’s so good about clarity enhanced diamonds? For starters, clarity enhanced rocks have less flaws in them than normal left in their natural state. Another reason is that when you have your rock clarity enhanced you could actually increase their value.
This is because the enhancing process covers up the natural imperfections (blemishes and inclusions) found in diamonds. This increases the clarity rating of the rock, and can make them more valuable. When you purchase a prefabricated diamond ring you don’t have the luxury of being able to enhance the clarity of the stone(s).
When you purchase the diamond diamond separately you also have the option of securing the stones you want, while not having to purchase the setting right away. This means you can store your stone in a secure place, and when you’ve saved up enough money, you can purchase a setting and have the loose diamonds mounted.
You’ll can also find great sales on loose stones, and empty settings as well. Retailers and jewelers don’t want empty settings sitting around for too long. Nor do they want loose diamonds to become part of their eternal inventory. They want to make they sell as quickly as possible. Many times, they will offer separate diamond, and empty settings, at very reasonable prices simply to unload them to make room for newer merchandise.
As a consumer, you’d be wise to look into buying loose diamonds and settings separately. You’ll need to shop around just as you would if you were searching for prefabricated diamond engagement rings. The sales are out there, though. It just takes a little time, and effort to find them.