I don’t own any diamonds. In fact, only a few pieces of jewelry in my collection are ones I’d consider valuable. I’ve got a decent pile of faux gems, jewels, and diamonds, but I hope one day, I can treat myself to a beautiful (genuine), sparkling stone.
But, when I drool over the sparklies under the glass, I realize I don’t know a thing about purchasing a diamond — What’s a good one? What cut should I get? How much clarity is good clarity? So many questions.
So I did what I always do in situations like these — I Googled. And below is a chunk of what I found. Ta-da! Your guide to diamonds:
The 4 Cs — To understand diamond quality, you’ve got to understand the 4 Cs: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat. Color refers to the hue of the diamond, the less color the better. Clarity is about the size and placement of internal blemishes. “Flawless” refers to a diamond that has zero blemishes. The cut is about the workmanship, not the literal shape. Is there sparkle and fire based on the way the diamond was cut? Carat is about the weight, the more the carats the bigger the diamond.
The Jeweler — Pick someone that’s going to answer all of your questions; someone that’s smart, knows what they’re talking about, and is going to give you the right price for what you’re buying. A REAL jeweler will be accredited by either the the GIA Graduate Gemologist (GG) or Accredited Jewelry Professional (AJP) diploma programs.
Get More Info — You can request a “Diamond Grading Report,” which is basically an unbiased, scientific lab report on the diamond you purchased. It will have any information about the diamond that can’t be seen by the jeweler. It is also recommended you get the diamond appraised and insured.
Spot a Fake — Business Insider offered 5 ways to spot a fake diamond, and one of them is really simple: breathe hot air onto the stone, a fake diamond will fog up for a short period of time, whereas a real diamond would not because it doesn’t retain heat.
There’s a TON of information out there on buying diamonds, so I’m sure I’ll have to do a part two. Got any tips? Feel free to share ’em!