Diamond Education – Introduction to Buying a Diamond
Buying a diamond is not a simple process and the more that you can educate yourself about the process the better you will understand what you are buying and that you will make an informed correct decision. Diamonds are a very expensive product and choosing the right diamond for your requirements can save you from either regretting your decision or spending too much money. Diamonds are graded using the 4 C’s which once understood does make diamonds much easier to compare and decipher than other precious gems. If a diamond is certified then the grading given to a diamond is basically equivalent to other diamonds from the same certification laboratory. The greatest advantage to this is that a diamond can be purchased sight unseen just by understanding what is on the diamond certificate and know that any diamond will come through relatively the same as any other. The certification is the key and without it you have nothing, there is no way you can judge the quality of the stone or the value. Certification will also come with a laser inscription of the certificate number in the girdle of the diamond to provide all the security need to be sure that you have received the correct diamond. There are some things that certification will not show and this is where some expert advice will often be helpful when it come to a final decision. Shopping around is probably the greatest safety net to determine what is the correct price for a diamond. There are several price levels when it come to buying a diamond from direct wholesale merchants to full retailers and many in between and each comes with it advantages and disadvantages. When purchasing from a direct diamond importer there is a small element of risk but you will receive the best price possible and often get a much better quality diamond. This is where finding an expert that you feel you can trust will help you with your purchase and you can use their knowledge wisely. This way you get to choose your exact diamond at the price you want to spend from a very large selection of diamonds. If you choose to buy from a retail shop then expect to get a very different purchasing experience. The advantage is that you can see what you are purchasing and you can take the diamond straight away but it will come at a higher price and your selection is reduced to what is in store. Stores will often carry a certain quality level of diamonds and will always push that their diamonds are the superior choice over the neighbouring stores giving you an often confusing and biased opinion of the quality. If you approach a store with certain requirement for a diamond and they do not have one close to your request they will have to order the diamond in anyway. At the end of the day you need to feel confident with what you buy and who you buy it from and remember if it is too cheap then there is probably a reason because you get what you pay for.
Exceptional Quality Certified Diamonds
Diamond jewellery consultants pride themselves on providing jewellery of exceptional quality and distinction. All of our diamond jewellery and diamond engagement rings are handmade buy the finest of local craftsmen for superior quality and wearability. The diamonds that we use for this jewellery should be just as high quality. Although we will provide any diamond that our clients request we highly encourage our clients to buy quality diamonds to complement the jewellery. Diamond Jewellery Consultants specialise in GIA and HRD “Excellent” and “Very Good” grade certified diamonds. Unlike a poor quality cut diamond a premium diamond will have the fire and brilliance to shine in any light which is essentially what a well crafted diamond should produce. However, a quality diamond does not need to be expensive, it simply needs to have all of the elements required to produce a result that is without a noticeable fault.
Selecting a diamond on Cut, Clarity and Colour
The cut of a diamond is the most important factor about a diamonds as it influences how the diamond represents it’s colour, clarity and its size. For a diamond to be considered to be white it must have a colour grade between D and H (I is right on the boarder), although their whiteness varies in this range none of these grades will every allow any tint of colour to be seen in the diamond. The better a diamond is cut the more light that is refracted reducing the incidence of the diamonds natural colour to be displayed enhancing the visual colour of the diamond. Clarity is one of the least important aspect of a diamond but often given the most focus. Once show the difference most people can easily find the clarity that they are comfortable with having in their diamond. As long as the diamond does not show any inclusions visible to the naked eye then all higher clarity stones will actually look the same. The cut of the diamond will improve the ability to hide larger marks within the stone as the cut grade improves. One feature often over looked by people looking to purchase a diamond is the correlation between carat weight and the spread of the diamond. Take for example a 1ct round diamond the proportions scientifically specified of this size diamond should be between 6.35 – 6.6mm any smaller than this and not only does the diamond not actually look the right size but it also means that it is not cut correctly and will produce less brilliance.
Diamond Jewellery Consultants specialise in educating our clients in diamond selection to assist them in making the right choice for their requirements and delivering the best diamond for their budget.