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What to Look For When Buying Diamonds

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Diamonds have captivated hearts and minds for centuries, symbolizing eternal love, luxury, and rarity. Buying a diamond can be an exciting and significant investment, but it’s crucial to understand what makes a diamond brilliant and valuable. 

Let’s unlock the brilliance of this precious gemstone, with some essential factors to consider when purchasing your diamond.

Check the 4 Cs

The Four Cs—Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut—are the fundamental criteria for evaluating a diamond’s quality. 

  • Carat refers to the diamond’s weight
  • Color grades range from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow or brown). 
  • Clarity measures the presence of internal or external flaws, with grades ranging from Flawless to Included. 
  • Cut, often considered the most critical factor, determines how well the diamond reflects light. A well-cut diamond will sparkle brilliantly.

Why Buy Diamonds with Grading Reports

Whenever purchasing a quality diamond over 1.00 ct., you should request a grading report from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), The GIA is a world-renowned gem laboratory known for creating the diamond grading standards used today.. This will assure you of its authenticity and quality. Be careful of other, similar gem lab reports.  Not all are accurate and could cost you more.

Understanding Diamond Shapes

Diamonds come in various shapes, from classic round brilliants to fancy shapes like princess, emerald, oval, or pear. Choose a shape that resonates with your style and preference.

Size vs. Quality

Don’t compromise quality for size. A smaller, well-cut, high-quality diamond can outshine a larger, lower-quality one. Balance your priorities between size and quality to find the perfect diamond for you.

The Impact of Diamond Settings

The setting can significantly impact a diamond’s appearance. Consider the metal type (white gold, yellow gold, platinum, etc.) and the style (solitaire, halo, three-stone, etc.) that complements your diamond.

Your Diamond Should Have Sparkle and Brilliance

When viewing a diamond in person, pay attention to how it sparkles. A well-cut diamond will exhibit excellent brilliance, fire, and scintillation. It should disperse light into a spectrum of colors, creating a mesmerizing display.

Buying a diamond is a significant milestone in one’s life, whether it’s for an engagement ring, an anniversary gift, or a personal indulgence. By understanding the Four Cs, choosing the right shape and setting, and knowing what to look for, you can unlock the brilliance of this remarkable gemstone and make a choice you’ll cherish forever.

Need more advice? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We can provide valuable insights and help you make an informed decision.

At DW Gem Services, LLC our experienced and qualified graduate gemologist, Don Walsh, can work with you and help you find the perfect jewelry items for yourself or a loved one.