Choosing a diamond is a celebration in itself. But choosing the right diamond, whether online or at a brick and mortar retailer can be a difficult task for most people. Most buyers don’t know what to look for in a good diamond and it is this lack of awareness that creates a slew of misconceptions.
Let’s face it – Diamonds can be very confusing. You might be faced with two diamonds that look deceptively similar yet one diamond is a lot cheaper than the other – leaving you, the buyer, perplexed! This happens in reality all the time when you do not know what to look for in a diamond.
However alike they may seem to you, the fact is that no two diamonds are exactly the same ever. There will always be subtle differences in clarity and colour that may be invisible to the naked eye.
If all this sounds familiar to you, we at GemAtlas have prepared a list of five useful pointers on the correct approach to buying diamonds, so that you never have to get confused (or conned) into buying inferior quality stones ever again.
Choose a trusted jeweller: Much like a doctor or lawyer, an expert jeweller can help you make an educated choice by showing you quality stones that match your budget and needs. If you don’t know of any, ask around and then make an informed choice.
Do your homework: Saying you don’t know anything about diamonds or gems for that matter – is the easiest thing to do. But if you don’t intend getting cheated of your hard-earned money or conned into buying inferior stones, do your due diligence online or talk to a trained gemmologist.
Learn the 4Cs: A diamond’s quality and price is ascertained by the 4Cs – Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight.
Colour: Colourless diamonds are extremely rare. A majority of diamonds have a slight yellow or brown tint. These are categorised from a D (colourless) to a Z (light yellow or brown). There is a separate colour grading system for fancy coloured diamonds.
Clarity: Most diamonds have unique clarity characteristics. Most inclusions are invisible except under magnification while flawless diamonds are rare and very expensive.
Cut: This term refers to a diamond’s reaction to light, in terms of how light strikes the surface, how much enters the diamond and in what form it returns to your eye. Diamonds with fine proportions, symmetry, and polish have the best interactions with light leading to enhanced fire, brightness and scintillation.
Carat: Diamonds are weighed in metric carats. Two carats weigh about the same as a small paper clip. A carat is divided into 100 cents, points or pointers, so a diamond of 50 points weighs approx 0.50 carats.
Invest in a grading report: A grading report can tell you the exact gemmological quality of your diamond. For example, is it a natural diamond or a synthetic one? Has it been treated, if so, how? What are its quality ratings (4Cs)?
You can also opt for a laser-inscribed personal message or the diamond’s unique grading report number on the diamond’s girdle.
Get your diamond appraised & insured: While the diamond grading report will detail the precise gemmological qualities of your stone, you will still need to take it to an appraiser to know its exact value. Last but not least it’s always preferable to get high-value gems insured for that much-needed peace of mind.