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Five Questions to ask when buying a Diamond or Engagement Ring

By 23.05 September 20th, 2018 No Comments

Buying a diamond or an engagement ring is an exciting acquisition. Having 10 key questions in your arsenal when faced with ‘buyers confusion’ will allow you to make an easy decision.

  • Is the diamond certified?

You need to make sure the diamond quality is guaranteed by an outside independent appraiser, for example, GIA, The Gemological Institute of America. Ensure that you receive a GIA certificate for every diamond you purchase.

  • Verify the GIA certificate with Report Check

If the diamond comes with a GIA report, you can verify the report details on Report Check which is GIA’s secure, online database. If possible, print out a facsimile of the report. This is a convenient way to make sure that the online product description matches the grading results.

  • Are you dealing with a certified Diamontologist or Gemologist?

Do the people selling you your diamond have a certified Diamontologist or Gemologist on their team? It is important to know that the people assisting you in choosing your ideal diamond have knowledge and credibility behind them. When learning how to buy a diamond, the most important thing to do is to work with professionals who have your best interests at stake. Diamond Advisor prides itself on providing each client with excellent education, quality and customer service.

  • What is the quality of the diamond?

The Four Cs are important aspects to know about your diamond – cut, clarity, color and carat weight. Typically, carat weight is a priority for most buyers.  Have you ever heard a woman say she would like a small diamond? Research your options carefully before making any decisions; educate yourself about the Four Cs and determine which diamond qualities are most important to you. This decision, along with your budget, will help guide your diamond purchase.

  • What is the return policy?

If a retailer offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, this will give you time to make sure your purchase is perfect. This is imperative when purchasing online. If you need to return it for any reason, the supplier should willingly provide you with an exchange or full refund within 30 days of the shipping of the purchased item. You, the client, should only pay for return shipping and insurance fees.

 

Clarity

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Carat

The international unit of weight, used for measuring diamonds and gemstones. 1 carat is equal to 200 milligrams, or 0.2 grams.

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Clarity

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Cut

Nothing is more impactful on a precious stone’s brilliance than its cut. The cut refers to the angles and proportions of a diamond. Known in the industry as ‘fire’, referring to the coloured light reflected, and ‘brilliance’ for the uncoloured light. The cut of a diamond – its form and finish, its depth and width, the uniformity of the facets – determines its beauty. The skill with which a diamond is cut determines how well it reflects and refracts light. A diamond should be cut proportionally, neither very shallow not very deep, given its dimensions. A diamond’s cut is its most important characteristics and a measure of its apparent beauty.

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Certificate

A diamond certificate or grading report provides an expert opinion on the quality of the diamond and is provided by an independent gemology lab. Trained gemologists with specialized equipment measure the weight and dimensions of the diamond and assess quality characteristics such as cut, color, and clarity. Brilliant Earth diamonds are certified by the world’s leading gem grading labs including GIA, IGI, and GCAL.

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Depth

The height of a diamond, from the culet to the table referred as a Depth of the diamond . Depth % is the height of the diamond as a percentage of the girdle diameter.

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Table

Table referred as the largest facet of a gemstone, located at the top. Table % is the table width as a percentage of the girdle diameter.

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Polish

Polish refers to the smoothness of the exterior of a diamond. Polish is graded from Ideal, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, or Poor. Polish grades of Good or higher have the least effect on the brilliance of the diamond and recommended by us for the finest quality jewelry.

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Symmetry

Symmetry refers to the angles to which the facets are aligned. Basically exactness of the shape of a diamond, and the symmetrical arrangement and even placement of the facets. If facets are misaligned, the diamond may poorly reflect light. Symmetry is graded from Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, or Poor. We recommends diamonds with Good or higher symmetry grades.

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Fluorescence

Describes the diamond’s response to ultraviolet light. In diamonds with strong or very strong fluorescence, there may be some interference with the flow of light which causes a milky or oily appearance. Canadian diamonds almost always have none to slight fluorescence.

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Measurements

Diamonds with “fancy” shapes are measured according to their length, width and depth. These diamonds will have a longer axis (the biggest measurement) and a shorter one that represents their width. The depth indicates the measurement of the diamond from the bottom to the top. The relative proportions of a diamond ultimately affect its quality and value.

Round-shaped diamonds are never perfectly round even though they may seem to be that way when you look at them. There is a tiny variation between maximum and minimum diameter, so dimensions are reflected as measurements of maximum diameter, minimum diameter and depth.

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