Tips For Buying Diamonds

pink-star-world-most-expensive-diamond-sold-at-auction-in-genevaWhen you are planning to purchase a diamond there are several important things you want to consider.  That is the color, clarity, cut and carat weight of the stone.

You may be planning to purchase a piece of diamond jewelry where the diamond stone has already been set into the piece of jewelry.  Or you may be planning to purchase a loose diamond and have the stone set in the mounting of your choice.

Purchasing a diamond is expensive and whichever method you prefer for your diamond jewelry – either preset or custom setting – you still want to consider the quality of the diamond you are purchasing using the 4 Cs criteria of color, cut, clarity and carat weight.

Color means the color of the diamond stone.  The color scale runs from D-Z and describes how much light the stone reflects.  Rankings D, E and F are considered almost colorless and the best on the color scale.  However, color several ranks down the scale will still make a lovely piece of diamond jewelry.  The further down the alphabet for the color ranking the less light the stone will reflect.

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Cut does not refer to the shape of the diamond rather it refers to the way the stone has been cut.  Cut is what allows for the brilliant shine of the diamond.  A diamond stone that is cut well will have lots of sparkle and life.  While a poorly cut diamond may look lifeless and not have much sparkle.  Poorly cut diamonds should be much less expensive than well cut stones.  In fact, cut may be the most important of the 4 Cs.

Clarity describes how flawed the diamond appears when examined under a microscope.  If the flaws cannot be seen without the use of the microscope they will only have a very small impact on the beauty of the diamond.  Visible flaws seen by the naked eye will reduce the diamond’s value.

Finally the carat weight refers to the size of the stone.  The larger the stone the more expensive it will be.

The shape of a diamond that you choose is a matter of personal preference.  Diamonds are available in a multitude of shapes.  A few shapes are the round brilliant cut diamond, the emerald cut. oval cut, pear shape or marquise.

Keep your budget in mind when you are shopping for your diamond.  For a diamond to be lovely it does not have to be near flawless.  A piece of jewelry with several smaller stones may be as beautiful as a piece of jewelry with one large stone.  Do your homework and shop around to familarize yourself  with various types and quality of  diamonds to see what holds the most appeal for you.