*thank you to Laura Dolman for contributing todays post
When buying diamonds, there are a lot of things to remember. Not all diamonds are the same, and just because a diamond is big doesn’t make it high quality. This is the same for small diamonds: they aren’t low quality just because they are small. Although all diamonds are different, you can buy fabulous stones no matter what your budget may be. Read this guide so you know what to look for.
Whether you’re buying a diamond necklace, ring, or wholesale diamonds, you need to be familiar with the 4 C’s. These 4 things indicate how high quality a diamond is, and will give you an idea of whether you’re getting a good deal or not. Jewelers should be willing to talk to you about the following points, but here’s more information just in case:
Get familiar with the four C’s
The cut of the diamond is important for a number of reasons. Even if the rest of the C’s are spot on, but the cut isn’t, you won’t get a diamond that shimmers like the rest. The cut of the diamond helps make the diamond glimmer in the light, so the better the cut, the better the brilliance. Ideally, you’ll look for a great cut no matter what the size is.
The clarity of the diamond indicates how clear it is. The higher the clarity of the diamond, the more expensive it will be. One of the largest jewelry stores in Houston explain that all diamonds have small imperfections when they are being formed. However, the less they have the more sparkly they will be. You can’t usually see imperfections with an untrained eye though, so a few imperfections are acceptable.
Diamonds that are completely colorless are the most popular. This is because they attract the most light. However, you can buy diamonds that are a different color, but these are rare and also expensive. You can sometimes get supposedly ‘colorless’ diamonds that have a slight tinge to them, classed as an imperfection. These will be cheaper than the totally colorless diamonds, and many should still reflect light nicely.
Carat is the least important of the 4 C’s. It’s the weight of a diamond, but the weight of the diamond doesn’t refer to the quality. You may have a huge carat diamond, but with lots of imperfections, tinges of colour, and a bad cut. It may also still be expensive, due to the size. Depending on your budget, you’ll need to assess how many carats you can afford without compromising the rest of the factors.
When it comes to diamonds, many people won’t be able to tell that yours has imperfections. Only a trained eye or jeweler would be able to tell what kind of diamond yours is. Make sure you set a diamond budget and stick to it when purchasing your next piece of jewelry!