Before purchasing a diamond, here’s what you should ask

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Choosing the right diamond is a significant decision, and it can be intimidating. However, the stress is not necessary. Before you decide on your once-in-a-lifetime purchase, it’s crucial to ask your jeweller the following queries.

1. Is it possible to compare the diamonds that are being offered?

Viewing a range of diamonds in your price range is essential. Before buying a diamond, make sure you have thoroughly investigated all of your options.

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2. How does this diamond do within the 4cs?

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created the now-famous 4Cs of diamonds, or colour, cut, clarity, and carat weight, about 50 years ago. Your jeweller should have no trouble providing you with a more detailed breakdown of the 4Cs. To help you decide which Cs are most important to you, ask your jeweller to show you diamonds that serve as the best examples of each C, such as a colourless stone.

3. Is it possible to get a report on a diamond’s grade?

Make sure a diamond’s grading report is included, preferably from the GIA or another reputable, independent gemological laboratory.  Your diamond will be guaranteed value, excellence, and authenticity by a report that was produced independently. The Diamond Dossier®, another item provided by GIA, does not contain the clarity plotting diagram typical of grading reports. Although the diamond can be laser-inscribed and is available for stones up to 2.00 carats, it does so in a more condensed manner.

4. What are the ways I can protect my investment on diamond?

To safeguard your investment, have your diamond appraised or insured. Using diamond grading and identification reports, appraisers and insurers determine the quality and value of your diamond.

Your knowledgeable jeweller may be able to teach you more about diamond insurance and evaluation. This question is important as diamonds are commonly a hefty purchase, and is valuable in all ways.

5. How exactly should the diamond be handled/taken care of?

Although diamonds are strong, they are not unbreakable. To keep your diamond strong and appealing for many years to come, ask your jeweller for cleaning and maintenance advice.

6. What type is my diamond?

Diamonds are with their 4cs, a different type. This includes

  • Type Ia
  • Type IIa
  • Type IIb
  • Type IIb

Closeup of rare and expensive diamond

Educating yourself on the classification types will help you select a high-quality diamond engagement ring or jewelry piece that suits your needs. Brief characteristics of each diamond type include:

Type Ia diamonds

These diamonds, which may be the most prevalent, have larger nitrogen clusters within the crystal lattice.

Type IIa diamonds

This particular type of diamond is formed under intense pressure and differs in its degree of fluorescence. The vivid, fancy-colored diamonds you picture typically type IIa diamonds, as they make exquisite center stones for engagement rings.

Type Ib diamonds

Single nitrogen atoms are dispersed across the crystal lattice of the Type Ib diamond. They give off a bright yellow color. This is a result of absorbing a lot of blue light.

Type IIb diamonds

Type IIb stones, which make up only about 0.1% of all-natural diamonds. They are immensely expensive and have exceptional diamond quality.

Check out our website about the types of diamonds, or guidance through purchasing an engagement ring, and check out our diamond search tool to find your perfect diamond.

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