Not all diamonds come with quality and standard certificates. Asking for certification is important. However, most consumers don’t even know what the details in the grading certificates really mean. Of course, there is a plethora of information out there explaining the 4 Cs, so, one could easily read up on this. But, there are various factors to look out for while buying a diamond that go beyond the 4 Cs.
When a dubious seller senses that a consumer does not know the intricacies of diamonds, he could dupe the customer.
We bring you herewith, the things to check while you are buying diamonds or diamond jewellery:
The value-addition process for diamonds and jewellery is a lengthy one. One could fall prey to loopholes and gaps within it. The following checklist should be useful:
Avoid buying used diamonds: If you are buying a larger diamond, buying a sealed stone is your best bet to ensure that it has never been used. Of course this is not always possible, since you might be buying a piece that has been mounted into some jewellery. As a buyer you should specifically ask whether you are buying a new stone.
Ask about the history of the diamond: If you are concerned about the fact that you might be buying a blood diamond, ask about the history of the diamond. A KP certified diamond or a diamond with a ‘Forevermark’ certificate for example, would ensure to a large extent that you are not buying a blood-diamond.
By and large, diamonds from South-Africa are considered the hardest in the world. Asking for a certificate to show the diamond does not have dubious origins would be your best bet.
Check the authenticity of the grading certificate: There have been instances of over-grading by certification labs; of certain labs going by different grading standards in the past, which some in the industry have argued is misleading; of fake certificates; and even of certificates from renowned labs being tampered with by outside parties (of course this was discovered and rectified, and the concerned fraudsters taken to task). Evaluate the diamond certificate by asking someone you trust who knows about diamonds. Read up about how to check on the authenticity of certificates. Certifying labs would have some guidelines to help end consumers to be vigilant. Today, checks can be done quickly by going online on one’s cell-phone. Even after a purchase, if you find something amiss, you can always take the jeweller to task.
Pick smartly: Choose diamonds that have crossed the stone check point. This is a list of specifications and features that the diamonds bought would have. Diamonds may sometimes be flawed or even treated. It’s okay to buy these, as long as these facts are disclosed to you and you are paying an appropriate price.
Scratches, chips or cracks in diamonds may not be visible to the eye in one glance, so a careful examination is needed. On impact these issues could intensify, and your diamond could even split.
Most retailers would be honest enough never to sell such diamonds, however these occurrences are known to happen.
Check for lab-grown diamonds: Today, lab-grown diamonds are being made with properties that are almost identical to natural diamonds. It’s impossible for even a trained eye to spot them without testing equipment. That’s why getting a certificate from a renowned laboratory is all the more important.
It is always recommended to take along a known person who has reasonable knowledge of diamonds when you are making a purchase. Otherwise, read up and beware about the above issues.
Good luck with your search for a diamond or diamond jewellery!