Diamonds were first mined in India thousands of years ago and have been used in bridal jewelry for hundreds of years. Today, diamond engagement rings are almost a must when a guy proposes to a lady.
Diamonds have become the indelible symbol of love and beauty and are regarded as the best gemstone in the market due to their hardness and durability.
To help you get started, there are a few rules to buying a diamond. If you follow them and apply some common sense, you should do just fine.
First of all, it’s important to know your 4 C’s. You should prioritize color, cut, clarity, and carat in your order of preference and set your budget prior to shopping.
Secondly, you will need to choose the shape of the diamond you want to buy. Some of the more popular choices are round brilliant, princess cut, emerald cut, oval cut, heart, and trilliant.
Thirdly, shop around. If you perform some comparison shopping, you will be able to find the best quality diamond you can get within your budget. Since most people have a limited budget, you will need to compromise on the 4Cs accordingly.
Last but not least, choose you setting and metal type. Diamonds with higher color grading are recommended to be set in a white gold ring or a platinum ring. Yellow gold is also possible if you are looking to buy a diamond in the lower color ranges.
Here’s an additional tip – a diamond merchant will usually let you customize the setting and metal type for a lower price if you purchase the diamond from them together.
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Diamond Proportions – Things You Need to Be Aware Of in a Grading Report
Culet – It may or may not be present. It is a facet placed on the bottom of the diamond for protection. Without the culet, the point at the end of the pavilion could easily be chipped in normal handling, such as during measurements or being picked up with a tweezer.
Finish – A term referring to the overall combination of the polish and the symmetry grades. This is a comment on the care and skill of the cutter used in polishing a diamond.
Polish – These are minute surfaces items that are not part of the diamond clarity grade.
Symmetry – This refers to how the facets have been placed on the diamond. It is a measure of how precisely the facets are shaped and aligned to the top and bottom of the diamond. The reason for symmetry variations are due to cutting for weight retention or cutting away an inclusion from the rough.
Fluorescence – Last, and there is a reason it is last! Most of the time, diamond fluorescence will not be an important consideration unless it affects how the diamond will look under normal lighting conditions. I’ve seem diamonds that have fluoresced very strongly under ultraviolet light but looked fine when viewed under fluorescent lighting or outdoors under sunlight.
Plotting Diagram – This is included on diamond grading reports for a few different reasons. First, to link the report to the diamond (like a fingerprint). For example, if I have 3 different diamonds (with the same weights, clarity, color, and measurements) and 3 different diamond grading reports (different plotting diagrams), I should be able match the diamonds to the reports.
A plotting diagram will also help in supporting the diamond clarity grade that was assigned to the diamond. Internal characteristics are plotted in red, and external characteristics are plotted in green.
I hope this article has helped you gain some knowledge about buying diamonds. Let me know if you have any questions.