Don’t believe the lies; the perfect diamond exists. Read on to learn valuable tips when shopping for a diamond.
The fascination with diamonds has existed for years, understandably so. These gems demonstrate elegance and luxury in the multiple uses they are applied. Are you trying to pick the perfect diamond for your one true love? Are you a first-time buyer or an experienced buyer who needs to refresh your knowledge? Here are a few tips to help you sort through the millions of diamond options on the market.
Research is essential
Look at you already doing justice to this tip: getting the right knowledge. An important step for making the right choice as with any purchase is finding answers. You want to identify what parameters to look out for, what is a reasonable price for what, where to find trusted dealers, and what makes a great offer. Online research is a great place to start. However, you can get valuable information from your friends and acquaintances.
It has to make the “Cut”
This is the most important element of the 4 C’s for describing diamonds. The other features are colour, clarity, and carat. The cut determines the beauty of the stone to a great degree. It also influences how it interacts with light. It determines the style of the stone. The most common cut styles include round, princess, pear, oval, and round cuts. With an excellent to very good cut, you can compromise more on other stone features to get your dream stone.
Carat is not everything
We know you’ve heard the word carat thrown around a lot. Hence, you probably think it is the most important characteristic of diamonds. Carat simply denotes the weight of the stone. Usually, the heavier the stone is, the higher the carat number, and the more expensive it is. Carat does not necessarily affect size and appearance. Therefore, you should consider all important factors before you choose.
The eyes: a great resource
Chances are if it looks great, then it is great. If it is difficult for a trained eye to see any inclusions or imperfections in the stone, it might be a great choice. With the right design, things like stone colour and inclusions might be harder to decipher at a distance or with an untrained eye. You can have a friend follow you to check the diamonds out. They can let you know what they think about the options available.
Fix your budget and move everything else
Concerning the price, diamonds can cost anything from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. So, unless you define your budget, you might spend way more than you can reasonably afford. With the right cut, you can go for a lower carat, colour, or clarity. These parameters are defined according to grades. You should vary these grades till you find an offer that fits your budget, perfectly.
Lab-certified diamonds are safer
Certain agencies like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the Canadian Gemological Identification labs conduct comprehensive analysis and grading of diamonds and other gemstones. They issue certificates detailing relevant information about the stones evaluated. Buying a stone with such certifications may signify authenticity.
Finally, you should never pay for a diamond without first seeing it. Computerized rendering or videos may suffice. However, you should consider the suitability of the stones for your chosen design. Sometimes, the design elevates the appearance of the diamonds.
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