Things to Know Before Shopping for a Diamond

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This is the time of year where most men will venture out to the local jewelers in search of that perfect piece for their wife, girlfriend or perhaps even the mistress.  Diamonds seem to be the hottest item every year.  Just how do you pick the right diamond?

First you need to understand the “Four C’s” of diamonds. This basic information will serve you well when shopping and keep you from a bad purchase. 

The first C is Cut.  The cut of a diamond is the most important factor. The right cut will insure the brilliance of the stone.  A poor cut will not reflect light properly.  You want a cut that will maximize the brilliance. This is achieved with an ideal cut. The light hits the table of the stone, filters down and is reflected back to the eye.  An ideal cut is the most expensive. Not all of us can afford the very best money can buy there are other cuts with smaller price tags that also allow for a fair amount of brilliance. A Very Good cut might be the best choice if you are looking for the brilliance of a Premium cut and a moderate price tag.    Don’t confuse cut with shape.  Shape is just that, the shape of the stone, round, emerald, or pear. That choice is a bit of a preference.

The next C is Clarity.  All diamonds have some flaws inside, or inclusions.  These flaws are not visible to the naked eye. It takes a jewelers loupe to see them.  Diamonds are graded for clarity. The grades are F IF, VVS1- VVS2 , VS1- VS2- SI1- SI2  and I1-I2-I3.  Each grade is determined by ability to see flaws in the stone.  F is the rarest while I1, I2, and I3 are the most flawed and should not be purchased.
The grades have more of an impact on the value of the stone and less on the appearance until you get to the lowest grades.  An SI1 or SI2 is affordable and still a very good purchase.

The next is Color.  Color is graded from D to X.  The best grades to consider are D thru I.  D to F is colorless while G through I will show very little color to the naked eye.

And lastly is the Carat.  A Carat is a unit of measurement. One carat is equal to 0.2 grams.  Here is where size does count, but it doesn’t measure your love.  The larger the diamond the more expensive it will be.  A large diamond with lots if inclusions and flaws is not worth the money you will spend. 

Find a happy medium with the other C's, aim for quality and stay within your budget.  


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