While purchasing a finished engagement ring from a jeweler is fine, purchasing a loose stone allows you to create a more personalized and unique ring for your beloved.
If you're not familiar with the 4 C's or how diamonds are graded, buying a certified loose diamond can seem like a daunting task. To the naked eye, many diamonds can appear to be identical – even if they aren't, of course!
If you want to buy the right diamond, you don't have to be an expert in diamonds overnight. Just consider the person who will wear the ring's taste and lifestyle, and ask a few simple questions of your jeweler.
- What Is The Carat Weight Exactly?
An individual diamond's weight is determined by its carat weight in carats. Although a diamond's carat weight does not necessarily indicate its quality, it is an excellent indicator of its value.
When it comes to carat weight, jewelers often round up, so asking for the exact weight and price per carat will allow you to more accurately compare available loose diamonds for sale.
- Is It Possible For Me To See Some Other Gems Of The Same Grade?
If you look at a number of similar-grade diamonds, you can get an idea of the quality of the diamond's cut, which is by far the most important quality of a diamond.
Unfortunately, even for professionals, determining the cut is a difficult task. The pavilion of a loose round cut diamond should be cut at an angle of 41 degrees, but this is not possible with all diamonds. A diamond with a less-than-ideal cut doesn't mean it's a bad one, but the more it deviates from 41 degrees, the less brilliant it will be. The best way to tell if your diamond is flawless is to look at it in the light and rely on your own judgment.
- Is It Possible To Take This Diamond For A Stroll?
While we don't advocate stealing anything, it is important to ask your jeweler to look at your diamonds using a variety of different light sources. In most jewelry stores, lighting is used to make diamonds appear whiter and more brilliant (i.e. better-quality). It's a shame that most people don't spend much time in the dim light of a jewelry store. It's critical to check the color of your diamond in both natural and fluorescent lighting.
It's easier to make a decision when buying certified loose diamonds online because they are graded according to their color. You can then compare the diamond's color quality to the GIA's master color set or our diamond color chart.
- Is It Possible For Me To See The Certification?
Investing in a diamond necessitates you to ask this one question. In addition to the diamond's cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, you'll find out from the certificate if it has undergone any treatment to enhance its appearance.
The GIA offers the most reputable certification. According to a GIA certificate, your stone has been tested and graded by experts at an independent lab. There is a difference between a GIA certificate and a certificate from a GIA-trained gemologist. If a jeweler cannot provide you with proof of diamond certification, you should proceed with caution.
As long as you know what you want, most jewelers will be happy to assist you in making an informed decision. Once you've purchased your diamond, however, the work doesn't end there. There is still a setting to be selected. Check out these finished engagement rings for some inspiration!
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