Buying Diamond Jewelry
Buying diamond jewelry can be daunting. Finding a gorgeous piece is cake; finding the one that fits you is the tough part. Unless you are professional gemologist, how are you to know, beyond a tinge of a doubt, that the diamond jewelry before you considering is of good quality? After all, diamonds are pricey.
You need assurance that the quality you spend on is the same quality you get in exchange. That doesn’t excuse you from work, however, and for a buyer of diamond jewelry, work equals research.
You can start by knowing that the value of a diamond is determined through four criteria, namely, color, cut, clarity, and carat. Color starts from colorless all the way to yellow, cut is the shape of the diamond, clarity refers to the gem’s flawlessness, and carat indicates its weight.
Diamond weight may be expressed as a carat’s decimal or fractional parts. A fraction can indicate a range of weights. For example, a 1/2 carat diamond can weigh between .47 and .54 carat. If a fractional is used to express diamond weight, the seller must let you know that the weight is not exact and provide the logical weight range for every single fraction or weight tolerance that was used.
Imitation diamonds – for instance, cubic zirconia – are like diamonds in appearance but are way less pricey. Some artificial gemstones are also made to resemble diamonds, and can escape detection using a device that was originally intended to identify cubic zirconia. When shopping for diamond jewelry, ask the jeweler if they have the latest testing equipment that can distinguish diamonds from lab diamonds.
Below are tips that can help you make a smart purchase:
> When you talk to a salesperson about diamond grading, ask who’s in charge of it, what this person’s qualifications are, and what other grading guarantees they have to offer. It’s always good get a second opinion.
> Don’t use a black background when checking out some diamonds. Black alters your eyes’ perception of color. Always view diamonds under magnification and understand what you’re seeing.
> Comparison-shop before you choose what pieces to buy.
> Ask the jeweler if they offer diamond treatments. Diamonds can be laser-treated or fracture filled to make them look better.
> Everything must be in writing. A sales receipt or appraisal that shows the quality of the diamond can act as a contract.
> Read and understand all warranties and guarantees before purchasing the diamond jewelry.
> Together with your receipt, ask for a certificate of replacement cost or an appraisal which describes the diamond’s quality.
> Lastly, if your diamond is given to you with a gemological certificate, check if it’s the original and keep it with the receipt.
Citation: How I Became An Expert on Diamonds