In the Market for a Special Diamond? Remember These Four Questions to Ask Before Buying
16 August 2018 0 comment
Whether you’re celebrating your “diamond” wedding anniversary of 60 years or you’re becoming newly engaged, investing in a diamond always requires asking the right questions. While the sparkle, brilliance, and size of a diamond may immediately grab your attention and make you feel on impulse you have to have it, take a deep breath! Then, remember to ask these four important questions to be sure you’re making the best diamond choice.
Why am I looking for a particular diamond? The first question is really one to ask yourself based on some personal preferences and tastes. Are you choosing a diamond based solely on your budget, or on other considerations? Think about the occasion for which you may be giving the diamond: Engagement, anniversary, holiday, or birthday. There just may be a special diamond for your special occasion. What about the receiver’s personal style and tastes? These will each affect the diamond choice you make.
What are the diamond’s four Cs? Be sure you know exactly what kind of diamond you’re considering by understanding the diamond’s cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. There are nine popular styles of diamond cuts. They are Round, princess, cushion, marquise, emerald, radiant, pear, oval, and Asscher. Diamond colors range from colorless to yellow, graded from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow). Clarity refers to the number of inclusions – or natural flaws – in the diamond. They range from FL (flawless) to I3 (pronounced inclusions). Carat is the measurement of how much the diamond weighs, not necessarily its size.
Who is responsible for selecting and grading your diamonds? If the person who selects and grades the diamonds works onsite, ask to meet him/her. This person should be a certified gemologist. Remember, though, that not just any certification will do. The two major American certifications in gemology come from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), American Gem Society (AGS). Diamonds from Tiffany & Co. are certified by their own gemologists. Certification means that an expert has certified the diamond’s cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Note that certification is different from an appraisal, which determines the diamond’s monetary value.
Where was the diamond sourced? Diamonds are now mined all over the world, on nearly every continent, including North America. However, some diamonds (fewer than 1/10th of one percent) are considered “conflict diamonds,” and come from areas where unfair labor and trade practices take place, and the miners are subject to unethical treatment: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Angola, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Be sure to purchase diamonds sourced from non-conflict countries.
Our experts have the knowledge to make sure that you get the best possible stone. After all, diamonds are forever! Our mission is to build strong relationships with our customers, by having a more transparent buying and selling process. This allows our customers to be able to make intelligent, informed decisions about their valuable items. With over 50+ years of combined experience, we understand that each transaction is different, which has led to our years of success. We invite you to stop by and visit us!
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