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10 Tips for Buying a Diamond

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Diamond shopping can be exciting or stressful. It expresses emotions. You yearn for it. It's also a big purchase, possibly one of the most expensive. Find the perfect diamond by understanding ten key points.

  1. Set A Budget

    Prior to shopping, set a budget. Save money with it. So your jeweler can show you the right diamonds.

    What to buy? The cost of an engagement ring or wedding band is not fixed. A highly successful DeBeers marketing campaign prompted the idea. BUT NO PERFECT FORMULA

  2. Explanation Of Diamond Grading

    A diamond's value is determined by its color, cut, clarity, and carat weight.

    Color: A colorless diamond is worth more than a brown or gray diamond. Some mountings can hide a less-than-perfectly colored stone. Colored diamonds are bigger. Colorless diamonds are less important.

    Cut: Regardless of size, color, or clarity, a poorly cut diamond appears lifeless and dull. Diamond cutting is a precise art. Only skilled gem cutters can achieve diamonds' dazzling brilliance and fire.

    Clarity: Visual or microscopical flaws. The flaws are ranked 1-10. For emerald cut, clarity is essential. Some cuts are gentle.

    Carat: This is the stone's mass. For the same price, a smaller gem can appear larger. Carat weight is the next most important property to consider after cut, color, and clarity. The price per carat varies depending on the stone's size.

  3. Diamond Shapes

    Nearly 75% of sold diamonds are round brilliants. The brilliant cut has unsurpassed brilliance and fire. Roundness facilitates gem pairing.

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    The Radiant Cut is a square or rectangular brilliant-cut with four corners clipped. It has the same brilliance and fire as a round brilliant cut.

    They're a brilliant cut. Less carat weight makes them appear larger. They can also lengthen the finger.

    A modified Brilliant Cut. A sob? On points the gem's pointed end away from the body, toward the nails. This cut requires symmetry to look good.

    This is a modified brilliant cut. It is rounded. Similar-carat diamonds can appear larger. It can also lengthen the finger.

    Cushion cut is square or rectangular. Large facets highlight the gem's brilliance. It sparkles softly, not brightly.

    The Emerald cut facets are step-cut. This is due to the exposed top surface. Unlike other diamond cuts, it is elegant and subtle. To avoid flaws, the Emerald cut requires exceptional clarity and color.

    A square or rectangular Asscher cut A step-cut emerald with more radiance.

    The Heart Shape cut requires perfect symmetry and a slight rounding before the point. It is romantic.

  4. Favorite Shape

    A favorite gemstone shape may have been specified. Watch out for other gemstone rings. A dominant shape?

    When buying a surprise diamond, consider his/her lifestyle. This diamond shape is very popular for engagement rings.

  5. Make A List

    Always go to a reputable local jeweler. For comparison purposes, you can decide which 4Cs are most important to you.

    Choose gemstone jewelry from a recognized gemology school. The GIA is also well-known (Gemological Institute of America). It has strict testing procedures.

    Affiliations of the jeweler Examine online reviews and seek advice.

  6. Require A Third-Party Review

    If you like a diamond, ask for an independent grading report. Internal diamond grading is skewed. So long as it's objective.

    Their report will include an inclusion map, exact carat weight, color and clarity grades. Reports have unique diamond numbers.

  7. Contraband Diamonds

    Diamonds mined and sold illegally by terrorist military factions. Terrorists enslave locals in diamond mines.

    Your jeweler should know this. Conflict diamonds come from Zimbabwe and Angola. Don't buy gems there.

    Canada, Botswana, and Namibia are all known for their safe mining practices. So are "Forevermark" diamonds.

  8. Inquire About Returns

    Ask about the return policy's terms. Can you get your money back? Others do not accept returns within 3 days. Make the terms clear. If so, how much? Is it a store card? Find out their gem-exchange policy.

  9. Review Upgrade Policies

    Request information on future trade-ups. Do I get a discount on the new diamond? This discount can be used to purchase a new diamond in some cases.

  10. Plan Your Insurance!

    Notify your insurance agent ahead of time. Not after the wedding, but when you buy it.

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