Everybody wants to get a great deal on thing they purchase. This includes buying everything from a round diamond engagement ring to loose diamonds for sale. If you’re in the market for diamonds but want a quick guid to buying quality, these tips will help.
It is imperative to understand the four Cs of diamond buying. You should already know that the carat of a diamond refers to the weight of the stone. Diamond are measured in carats. One carat of diamond weight is equal to 0.2 grams. The more carats, the larger th price tag.
Color is also an important factor to consider when buying diamonds. If possible, bring along a diamond color scale for reference purposes. The color of a diamond is measured on a scale of D to Z. D is the most expensive and most rare. If you’re buying an engagement ring or loose diamonds from a reputable jeweler, you will notice that they carry diamonds that range from D to H, which are all considered to be white diamonds.
Clarity is important and it also adds great value to a stone. Since very few diamonds are naturally flawless, you should expect a stone to include some form of blemishes or inclusions, most of which will not be visible to the naked eye. It is normally only the poorest quality of diamonds that have flaws visible to the naked eye. When gemologists look for inclusions in a stone, it is done with a 10x microscope. Clarity grading range from IF to SI2. The more perfect the stone, the higher the price.
Although not a natural characteristic, the cut of a diamond refers to its overall symmetry, proportions and quality of the finished stone once polished. A good diamond cut will provide that sparkle, which is referred to as brilliance, that people are in search of. A diamond with a great cut will offer a rainbow of colors, which are known as fire. A properly cut diamond will also offer a prism and mirror effect for internal facet to facet bouncing light. To achieve this balance of light, a diamond must be cut by someone who understands its crown and angle, pavilion of depth and table size. Overall, a diamond’s cut should enhance its radiance, brilliance and sparkle.
If you’re not too sure about the four Cs or how the overall brilliance of a diamond affects its value, ask for the certificate. A diamond of .5 carat and larger will always be accompanied by a certificate. A GIA certified diamond certificate will outline the necessary specifics such as the diamond’s carat weight, its proportions, color and clarity. A certificate will also detail the cut of the stone and verify that it is indeed, a natural diamond.
If you truly are inexperience with and are relying on the certificate for authenticity, make sure that the certificate is from one of the four certified world GIAs. A certificate with an in-house stamp or creative gemologist lab name will not be a real certificate.