When it comes to choosing something as precious as a diamond, it will need careful consideration and lots of knowledge. You don’t want to splurge on something that’s not authentic or of low-quality.
A diamond’s price and quality are determined by four C’s –– clarity, colour, carat, and cut. Each of those components is used to establish quality, rarity, and the price of a diamond. When selecting a diamond, make sure that you choose the one that balances all these four qualities without putting a toll on your bank account.
Even though perfect quality diamonds are extremely expensive and rare, you can still find a perfect diamond to suit your preference and budget.
Here are five tips to help you choose the right diamond:
Determine how much you are willing to spend
Your budget is important and must be the first thing you need to consider when buying a diamond. This ensures that you stay within a reasonable range and not over or underspend. If you are not aware of all your options, you may be tempted to overspend. Once you have allocated a budget, you can narrow down your diamond selection process to one that falls within your financial limits.
Determine the cut of the diamond
A diamond’s cut determines its brilliance and shape. If the cut is too shallow, light escapes from the diamond prematurely, decreasing the quality of the stone. Keep in mind that a well-cut high-quality diamond reflects light from one surface to another.
Pick out the shape of the preferred diamond
One important aspect to remember when picking a diamond is that the shape is different from the cut. The princess cut, cushion cut, and the round cut are the among most popular diamond cuts available in the market.
Decide on the carat weight
Set the carat-weight range depending on your budget and preference. If you are planning to give the diamond as a gift to someone special or as an engagement ring, their preference should matter as well when it comes to carat weight. If they have their heart set on a one-carat diamond, then even the most stunning and exquisite half-carat stone will be a total disappointment for them. Unless your budget is over $10,000, it is recommended to narrow down your carat range to 0.50-2.00 carats.
Set the minimum clarity and colour for the diamond
Diamonds are formed naturally and are prone to impurities or inclusions from years of being underground. Most of these impurities are microscopic, while others are flawless (though very rare). For this reason, make sure to ask the jeweller about the clarity of the diamond before making your purchase.
As for the colour of the diamond, the highest quality is ideally colourless. They are quite rare and reflect light better than any tinted diamonds. Most of the diamonds have slight yellow tints, but mostly not visible to the naked eye. Do not discount coloured diamonds as well, if that’s what you prefer. After all, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
With so many diamonds available in the market to choose from, finding the right one for your loved one or yourself can be overwhelming. After all, it all boils down to your preferences and needs. Know that you can also seek professional guidance to help you with your buying needs because a professional jeweller has more experience when it comes to diamonds. Contact Jewellery Focus today to find out how we can help you!