Choosing A Diamond – Understanding The 4Cs

So, it’s time to purchase that important diamond ring. Or, maybe you are in the market for some new diamond earrings to make your face look lovely. You might find many terms that are used regularly, and having a basic grasp of them will help to improve your buying experience.

Are all sellers’ crooks, thieves and charlatans? Actually, no they are not. The truth is, that all sellers know that no matter what quality they say a diamond price is, the buyer will disagree in order to gain whatever possible advantage available. They have no choice but to ‘fudge’ the grading. A gemologist working for the supplier will look at the stones and when something is obviously a particular color, clarity and shape, he will call it as such. To do otherwise would alert the buyer’s gemologist that the seller is full of bull and is counter-productive in maximizing the sale price.

But I guarantee that you know more about buying a house or a car than you do about buying a diamond. One of your most memorable memories in your life is when you stare into the eyes of the person that you love and see the expression on their face as they see that brilliant, sparkling diamond price ring on their hand for the first time. This is by far one of life’s most magical moments.

Color is the third ‘C.’ A diamond’s color is rated on a scale that goes from D-Z. The lower in the ‘alphabet’ the diamond’s color is, the greater its brilliance and value. Regardless of what color grade you choose, a well-trained staff can help you get the most value out of your diamond ring by pairing it with the perfect setting. A higher-grade diamond may look best with a white gold or platinum setting; while a less desirable color can be minimized when paired with the right setting. This is why you want to choose a jewelry store with a knowledgeable staff to assist you in creating the perfect diamond ring for you.

The price of diamond stud earrings will depend on the number of diamonds and the size and cut of the diamonds. So, if you are on a budget, you need to make a compromise here.

For those of us on a budget the good news is that almost any size diamond can look beautiful and appropriate when worn as a necklace. There are a few basic guidelines that you should consider before you purchase. For example, a 1/4-carat diamond will look precious and correct on the neck of a woman 24 years old or younger. A 1/2 to 3/4-carat diamond is appropriate for a woman up to her late 30’s, especially if she is a petite size.

Besides looking at carat number and the type of setting it is in, also look at the factors I’ve mentioned such as: the clarity, the cut, the color, the carat weight. These are often referred to as the four C’s. If you’re able to obtain a price guide on what the diamond cutting industry uses, then you’ll have a fair assessment of the diamond price.

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