LOOSE DIAMONDS

How To Choose A Diamond

How to choose a diamond – it can be a very stressful experience if you take the wrong path, or it could and should be exciting and rewarding.
Most men sweat over finding their perfect diamond engagement ring; however, it should be fun with the right advice and approach.

The Diamond 4C’s

For most people today, the first port of call when searching for anything is to scroll the web to look for your diamondHow To Choose Your Perfect Diamond, which is no different. It will not be extended into your searching that you will discover that the diamond 4C’s – Cut – Carat – Colour – Clarity – play a significant part in the structure of every diamond.


Unfortunately, most people who believe they understand the 4C’s after an hour of research or a presentation at a high street jeweller are wrong.

If you believe you can choose your diamond online, looking at a GIA certificate and comparing prices might leave you disappointed when the stone arrives in the post.

The GIA certificate alone does not tell the whole story of a diamond’s physical beauty. If you want to buy the right diamond for you, you have to go beyond the 4Cs. To do this, you need to close the laptop and start exploring diamond choices with your eyes and with a diamond expert.
To put this into perspective, believe it, diamond websites are working from inventories supplied to them by diamond dealers across the globe rather than having natural diamonds. And to prove the point, if you were to write a certificate number down from one website, you would find the same stone on another site.

Therefore, they could not give you any further information besides what is in the certificate. They are not listing any of the stones and most certainly would not be able to advise you on what the best diamond would be for you.

What you can expect from a diamond expert

When working with a diamond expert, they will present you with a section of diamonds that will fit within the budget. If you are undecided, you will be offered a choice of diamond sizes, colours, clarity, and cuts.

Cut
You might have already decided on the shape of the diamond you would like to buy, or you might want to see options before making your final choice.
Carat
The weight of the diamond might be the most important thing to you, but if you are open to options, this is where you could save the most money on your purchase without altering the look of the finished ring.
Colour
By being presented with diamonds, you can decide whether you can see the difference between one colour and another, avoiding paying extra for something you can’t see.
Clarity
Most diamonds mined have some blemishes and imperfections, and it is for the diamond expert to present diamonds to you that meet the requirements you are looking to achieve.

For example, if you could see an excellent SI2 (slight inclusions not visible with the naked eye) compared to SI1 of the same carat size but one up in clarity, you will not see the difference with your naked eye, but you will save money.

How to choose a diamond – see before you buy

How you choose a diamond comes down to the path you decide to take. Buying from a diamond seller’s website is your best option. But with my experience and the competitive nature of the jewellery sector, you will be pleasantly surprised at what extras you can achieve from working with a diamond expert and buying your diamond from what you see rather than just a certificate.

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