Easy Guide to Traveling and Purchasing Diamonds

If you are thinking of buying a diamond ring and you have no idea how to go through the whole process, it may be a good idea to learn some simple facts about diamonds first. It is always better to come equipped with the basic knowledge before getting something as precious as diamond jewelry. I recently spent some time traveling and found there are many different things that people tell you, in fact each jeweler had their own opinions which was a little unnerving. But the more time I spent traveling to learn about diamonds the more I understood that if you know the basics you’ll be fine.

Diamond RingPhoto Credit: Jeffrey Beall

This diamond buying guide that I present should be able to provide you with some essential points when looking for that special diamond ring you want to buy.

The first thing that you should know is the Four C’s of diamonds.

Diamonds have many different characteristics that are graded, evaluated and categorized by laboratories. Knowing more about diamonds should start with knowing the Four C’s and they are the following:

·       Cut

·       Clarity

·       Color

·       Carat weight

These four C’s are the criteria that jewelers use to grade diamonds, and you need to understand these criteria in order to find the right type diamond for you.

Diamond Cut

Cut is considered by many people as the most important aspect of diamonds, it is also the most challenging to understand. The cut of a diamond actually dictates its brilliance. When trying to understand diamond cut, it is important not to mistake it for the shape of the stone. When a jeweler say ‘cut’ it refers to the reflective qualities of the diamond and not its shape. If your jeweler pertains ‘cut’ with ‘shape’ then find another jeweler.

A good cut provides brilliance, which is actually the brightness that comes from the very heart of the stone.

Diamond Clarity

When we talk about diamond clarity, it is reference to the existence of the identifying characteristics on blemishes and inclusions of the stone.

Most diamonds have some kind of inner flaws, which are also called inclusions. These take place during the process of formation. The visibility as well as the size and the number of these inclusions determine clarity of a stone. A diamond that is clear and with fewer flaws is more brilliant, therefore more precious and more expensive too.

Diamond Color

When it comes to diamond color- the less the better! Diamond color actually refers to the presence or absence of shade in white diamonds, and a fancy colored diamond does not follow this rule. Colorless diamonds are the most coveted because they allow the most sparkle in every movement. Off-white diamonds on the other hand, absorbs light thus, retraining brilliance.

Diamond Carat Weight

A diamond is measured in carat weight; it should not be mistaken with Karat, the method that determines gold’s purity. One diamond carat is equal to 0.2 grams. Of course the bigger the stone, the bigger the carat weight and then the bigger that tag price.

Learning about the Four C’s of diamond allows you to understand more about its quality and value. It can therefore be concluded that in order to establish your diamond purchasing ability you need to determine your budget based on the brilliance, the existence or lack of flaws, the presence or absence of color and the weight of the diamond. Traveling to find a good diamond is a smart move, as long as you know what to look for and the right questions to ask, is what I found out looking for engagement rings St George.