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Insider Tips when buying Diamonds

By 23.02 September 20th, 2018 No Comments

Marilyn Monroe, singing ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s best Friend’ epitomised the longing of women to wear diamonds! The Language of Diamonds, also known as the Four Cs (a universal grading system established in 1939), illustrates the options to be considered when making an informed decision to purchase diamonds, either as an investment or as a gift, perhaps to commemorate a special occasion. The selling of diamonds is a lucrative industry and for customers there are various options to consider so that they obtain the best diamond for their money. The factors to consider when buying a diamond are beauty, rarity and durability, over and above the Four Cs of cut, color, clarity and carat-weight, and other factors such as shape, fluorescence and enhancements, all of which contribute to a diamond’s value and unique fingerprint. Natural diamonds compared to synthetic stones meet all these standards.

A diamond grading report or certificate gives an assessment of a diamond’s quality and confirms whether or not the stone is natural or synthetic. Always ask for an independent diamond grading report from an accredited gemologist when purchasing gem stones; an appraisal will give the gem’s monetary value. Secure your purchase by requesting that the diamond’s report number is laser-inscribed on the stone’s perimeter.

Cut refers to the overall proportions and shape of the stone and how its proportions and angles relate to light. The higher the cut grade, the better the diamond’s sparkle and the higher the price, and the most important of the Four Cs, as it is the only factor determined by man. A well-cut stone that sparkles can appear larger than its actual size. Badly cut diamonds appear dull and may display dark areas where light ‘leaks out’. Cutting time and experience in design and craftsmanship are critical for well-cut stones, resulting in these stones being rarer and costing more.

The most popular and traditional cut is known as Round or Brilliant and the cut scale ranges as follows: excellent / very good / good / fair / poor. Other interesting cuts are Princess (square or rectangular), Cushion (antique, classical cut), Marquis (boat-shaped), Emerald (rectangular), Oval, Pear, Asscher (square) and Heart. If a buyer is limited to a budget, then a classic solitaire brilliant diamond is the best purchase.

  • Cut refers to the overall proportions and shape of the stone and how its proportions and angles relate to light.
  • The higher the cut grade, the better the diamond’s sparkle and the higher the price, and the most important of the Four Cs, as it is the only factor determined by man.
  • A well-cut stone that sparkles can appear larger than its actual size. Badly cut diamonds appear dull and may display dark areas where light ‘leaks out’. Cutting time and experience in design and craftsmanship are critical for well-cut stones, resulting in these stones being rarer and costing more.

 

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