Diamonds never lose their charm. However, when you buy a diamond, be sure of the quality. You could visit a traditional gemstone jeweler and check out diamonds in various shapes, sizes and qualities for definitely, more confident and informed purchase online. You get a massive price benefit online. Often some people would choose a local jeweler pleased by his selection or service. In either case, it is a good idea to avoid some common mistakes while buying diamonds.
Misled by the Diamond’s Cut Quality
The most common mistake while purchasing a diamond is getting misled by the diamond’s cut quality. The cut is actually quite difficult to define as compared to color and clarity. It is, therefore, often misrepresented or ignored. You come across two or maybe three options and you tend to choose the best among the options shown to you. However, it may not be a well-cut one. It would simply be the best of what is presently available at that specific store.
You often get swayed and buy deeply cut diamonds. A deeply cut diamond is able to carry its carat weight nicely hidden in its depth and not in its width. These are poorly-cut diamonds that are supposed to be less costly per carat. These are pretty common and available in most jewelry outlets.
Buying Very Expensive Diamond without Checking It Loose
It is better to buy inexpensive loose diamonds. Remember it is really impossible to precisely judge the color and clarity of diamonds once they are set. The color is masked by the setting and its reflections. Flaws are nicely hidden under prongs. So be sure not to buy any diamond with a price tag of $2000 or more without seeing and checking it loose. This would help you see exactly what you would be getting. No wholesaler, dealer or retailer is under compulsion to purchase high-value diamonds that are already set so, you shouldn’t either.
Purchasing without Verifying with the Master Color Set
Do not buy without verifying the color grade of your diamond by comparing with the master color set. This in-house master color set is supposed to be a standardized cubic Zirconia stones set demonstrating diverse color grades. You could simply hold the diamond close to the master shade and find out for yourself where your diamond really fits in on the standard GIA color spectrum. However, you should first examine the actual certificate that comes with each diamond and then perform the comparison.
Swayed by Jewelry Store Lighting
Showroom lighting is usually designed for making diamonds look absolutely brilliant. So do not make the mistake of buying your diamond without checking it under normal lighting away from the spotlights. You could see the diamond outside the showroom, or take it to an atrium, skylight or direct sunlight.
Buying without Knowing the Exact Carat Weights
Keep in mind that often diamond carat weights seem to be rounded up. For instance, .69 carat diamond could be presented to you as ¾ carat. You must always find out the precise carat weight.
Buying without Assessing GIA Grading Report
You would be making the most serious mistake if you buy a diamond without examining the GIA Grading Report. Never buy from any jeweler who is not able to or not willing to show you the relevant certificate.
Purchasing Without Checking the Guarantees and Warranties
Be sure to ask for any guarantee or warranty clauses in writing before purchasing. A lot of jewelers claim to have these but aren’t willing to cough up the paperwork when needed. Figure out what your warranty entails, beyond the standard inspections or free cleanings.
Author Bio: Simon Powell is a jeweler and craftsman. He specializes in budget diamond jewelry. He purchases inexpensive loose diamonds and crafts exquisite pieces from them.