What To Look For When Buying A Diamond
What you need to know when buying a diamond to get the best quality diamond for your money.
Buying a diamond, especially for someone else (like and engagement ring) can be a difficult task. Knowing about the four Cs (clarity, color, cut and carat) can help you make the right decision. Since no two diamonds are alike, here are some questions to help you get the one that’s right for you:
How much you can spend? If you are buying an engagement ring, the general rule is two months' salary. If you’re buying a diamond for yourself, let your conscience be your guide.
What shape of diamond you want? Diamonds can be cut in many shapes, including round, oval and square.
How clear is the diamond? A very rare "flawless" diamond has no blemishes. There is a clarity scale that grades diamonds from "flawless" to "obvious inclusions". The clearer the diamond, the more valuable it will be.
What color is the diamond? Some diamonds have a yellow, gray or brown hue. Colorless diamonds are considered to be the best.
What is the quality of the diamond's cut? The quality of the cut creates the brilliance of a diamond and makes it more valuable.
How many carats? The larger the carat size, the more valuable the diamond. Larger stones are more rare.
Have you looked at several diamonds side by side? This will give you a good idea of what is available.
Which diamond has all of the four Cs? All for of the Cs need to be present in some form in order for you to get the best diamond for your money.