There are many things to consider when purchasing diamonds. Learning what makes them
valuable not not so valuable i an important part of the process. Learning the types of cuts, and colors that you may prefer, and what’s out there can help you find the diamond you want to last forever.
There are several things to learn about diamonds, and these include:
- Carats / Weight
Shape – round, princess, emerald, oval, asscher, marquise, pear, radiant, heart, cushion, etc. describes a diamond’s form, primarily as viewed from above. Learn more about diamond shapes, click here.
Color – for some, color is a matter of personal discretion, some people just like blue, or yellow, or any other color more than another. Some diamonds have just a hint of color, and the color can affect the value of a diamond. As in rubies and sapphires, certain shaded of the most popular colors may be more or less valuable. Make sure you learn more about color and how it affects the price of your diamond before you pay too much for something you like.
Colored diamonds with pink and red hues can be mined in multiple locations across the globe including Brazil, India and Australia, but “blues” are mostly found at just one site on earth – the Premier Mine in South Africa.
Only one diamond in 10,000 possesses natural color, which could occur due to the presence of elements like nitrogen or boron, or due to extreme pressure during formation, according to the New York-based Natural Color Diamond Association.
Cut – The cut, and angles of a diamond cut, determine it’s brilliance. The better cuts and best angles make them shine and sparkle. A diamond could be cut in a way that adds weight, and gives you more carats to pay for, while leaving you with an expensive diamond that does not sparkle as much as one that is cut at the precise angles to maximize its sparkle and light reflection.
Clarity – Most natural diamonds have small, often micro-sized imperfections. The amount of slight occlusions affects the clarity, and cost of a diamond. Learn more about diamond clarity here.
Carat Weight – This is the weight of the diamond, often bigger is heavier, is more expensive when comparing diamonds with the same cut color and clarity, often weight is the next factor in determining price. A one-carat diamond costs more than a half carat. Learn more about diamond weights / carat by clicking here.
Certifications – there are a few standard certifications that can ensure that your diamond is real, and that it really is the color, cut and clarity that you are paying for. Shopping for a diamond at a pawn shop often will not come with any guarantee that you are getting what you want. Getting a diamond that is GIA certified diamond, ruby or sapphire, you get paperwork signed by a GIA certified professional who knows how to grade the clarity, cut and color based upon the international standards.