Whether it’s a wedding ring or just a piece of jewelry that you want the perfect gem for, you need to be careful when you’re buying diamonds. You don’t want to end up paying over the nose for a gem that’s yellowish in hue and with so many imperfections that you can see them with the naked eye. Here, we’re going to look at how you make sure that you’re getting the ring you ought to for your money.
Know your signifiers
If you want to know whether or not you’re potentially getting ripped on a jewel, you should check to see what the 4 Cs tell you. These are the cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. The cut is the shape of the diamond (and there is also the cut quality to consider, alongside the basic shape of it.) The color determines how clear the diamond is (with an A-Z scale, D being the clearest and Z being the least clear.) The clarity is how many inclusions (the fancy word for blemishes) the diamond has, which determines how reflective it is and how flawless it appears to the naked eye. The carat weight is, simply put, how big the stone is. If you want to make sure that you’re comparing diamonds fairly, you should compare diamonds with the same 4 C grades. Of course, some cuts are going to be more expensive, so the shape is as important as quality and size.
Check the review of the seller
Beyond the 4 Cs, you want to make sure that you’re getting your diamonds from a reputable provider. The market of diamond sellers is relatively small, with the same few suppliers tending to sell diamonds to jewelers across the market. Instead of looking at the jeweler reviews, you should look more closely at their suppliers, such as by reading this Brilliant Earth review. That way you can learn about where their diamonds come from, how much they tend to cost, and what types of diamonds they have available.
Make sure you get a certificate with it
Most of the highly-rated diamond suppliers in the world are going to have their certification, but you want to make sure that’s the case before you spend money on it. To be entirely clear, without certification, none of the quality signifiers mentioned above mean anything. To make sure that they retain their worth, your diamonds need to be verified by an independent third party (such as the Gemological Institute, or the GIA for short.). The certificate should offer information on when the diamond was graded, the report number, the shape and cutting style, as well as the measurements, before going into the 4 Cs, as described above.
With the tips above, you should be able to find the jewel that suits your needs perfectly. Of course, you still need to take into account the cut and how it will fit the piece, not to mention the budget. But the tips above can at least help you find high-quality jewels.