Whether you’re shopping for your first major diamond piece, or your hundredth, there are always questions you should consider before making a purchase. Seasoned buyers may know the basics but know there are still things to keep in mind. Let’s take a look at some of the most important diamond buying FAQs.
How Much Diamond Can I Afford?
One of the largest questions people ask when shopping for a diamond is how large of a diamond they can afford. Understanding the size, or carat weight, of each diamond can help put the answer to this question into perspective.
Part of the 4 Cs (Cut, Carat, Clarity, Cost) of diamond buying, carat weight determines how large each diamond is. It also is the most influential portion of the cost of a diamond. In other words, it’s safe to assume that the larger the carat, the larger the price tag.
How Do I Get the Most for My Money?
While the carat weight of diamonds will be a major factor in its cost, there are ways to maximize your investment. If you’re looking for a larger diamond, but your budget doesn’t allow for an increase in carat size, try looking at another one of the 4 Cs – Cut.
If you’d like a 2-carat diamond, but your budget is set in the lower ranges, ask to see smaller diamonds in different cuts. The round cut and princess cut diamonds have a larger table facet, making them appear to be larger diamonds than others of the same carat weight.
What Is the Best Cut?
The cut of a diamond is primarily subjective to the preferences of the wearer, but that doesn’t mean personal choice is the only thing to consider. Sure, it helps to know what style is preferred (try asking friends and family if you are unsure), but it’s also important to make an educated decision as well.
Each cut has its own unique set of pros and cons. For example, marquise-cut diamonds are loved for their ability to elongate the look of fingers on its wearers but can be prone to damage due to the protruding points. In general, the 2 most desired cuts of diamonds tend to be the brilliant round cut and the square princess cut. These 2 cuts possess the maximum degree of fiery facets that give way to the most scintillating diamonds. They also have the appearance of looking larger than other cuts, as previously mentioned.
How Do I Know I’m Getting a Quality Piece?
The best way to tell if your diamond is up to par on quality is to ask to see its certification. Most qualified jewelers offer paperwork to support all diamond certifications that prove each piece’s overall worth.
These certificates are given by highly respected organizations such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gemological Society (AGS). The certification process involves the organizations giving detailed inspections and an overall grade for every diamond in the areas of cut, color, and clarity. While each organization utilizes a different grading system, they are fairly easy to understand and will give you the information you need to ensure you’re buying a quality investment piece.
Above all, the best thing you can do when it comes to diamond buying is to be educated. Know your budget, know your preferences, and know what gradings to look for before heading to the store. If you have questions, contact your local jeweler for further detail.