How to Buy a DiamondEdit
Diamond Rings are priceless in terms of sentimental value – but affairs of the heart aside the key to a diamond’s commercial value is its rarity. A smaller stone can be worth more than a larger one provided it has more rarity factors. These are greater clarity and brilliance and fewer inclusions or internal flaws. Here’s how to find the brilliant best.
- Determine what you want or can afford to spend.
- Study styles. The traditional solitaire – a single diamond held aloft by a six prong setting – is still the most popular. See how bezel settings, where a slim border of platinum or gold surrounds a small diamond can make the gem look bigger.
- Become fluent in the four Cs of the international language of diamonds. Which are: Carat Weight, Color, Clarity and Cut.
- Diamond weights, not sizes are measured in metric carats. A single carat weighs about as much as a small paper clip. Carats are divided into fractions or decimal points. Jewelers should disclose precise amounts and ranges.
- Letters represent diamond colors. These range from D (colorless – very rare and most desirable) to Z (light yellow or brown and less desirable). Winter-white diamonds look best with platinum, warmer shades with gold.
- Clarity measures birth marks – internal flaws are called inclusions, external ones are called blemishes. These range from FL for flawless, VS1 for very slightly included and I3 for included.
- Seek out a cut that maximizes brilliance, fire and sparkle.
- Ask for an independent grading report which is your diamond’s detailed genealogy. Don't buy a costly stone without one, since it’s your guarantee that you’re getting what you paid for.
Don't think of the diamonds in engagement rings as an investment. You’re already paying a markup when you buy retail.
Where to buy a diamondEdit
There are hundreds of thousands of reputable jewelry stores and dealers that will provide the utmost customer consideration and an iron clad guarantee.