Friday 28 August 2015

Never Make a Mistake - Ten Things to Know about Loose Diamonds

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Buying a loose diamond is an excellent idea if you want to make customized jewelry like diamond engagement rings or diamond studs for special occasions. 

It is important that you know some essential tips before making this investment. Here are top 10 pointers to consider while choosing certified loose diamonds.  

1.       Buy Certified Loose Diamonds
The first and one of the most important step of buying a loose diamond is choosing certified loose diamonds. Independent and reliable authorities like GIA or AGS grade various aspects of the diamond such as its clarity, cut, color and carat and give it certain ratings or grades. You can make an informed buying decision based on these reports.

2.       Do Your Research
When shopping for a loose diamond, try to understand the basics like the 4Cs. The 4Cs refer to cut, clarity, color and carat weight of the diamonds.

3.       Cut
The cut is the first aspect to judge the quality of a loose diamond as it takes into account the design and craftsmanship that goes into harnessing the full potential of a diamond rough. The cut determines the flash, brilliance and fire of the diamond. Various independent research labs such as GIA have graded cuts from excellent to poor.

4.       Clarity
When it comes to diamonds, a flaw is defined as an ‘inclusion’. Depending on the degree of flaw visible under magnification, certified loose diamonds are graded as included, slightly included, very slightly included and so on and so forth.

5.       Color
The color of diamonds can vary from colorless to near colorless and GIA grades or rates these colors on an alphabetical scale. Most certified loose diamonds available are between the color grades D to J. D signifies less color while the scale increases to signify more color visible in the diamond.

6.       Carat
The carat weight of the diamond determines the size of the diamond so it is an important aspect to consider while buying a loose diamond.

7.       Understanding Certified Loose Diamonds Reports
Once you gain some basic knowledge in the 4Cs, it becomes easy to understand the grades given by GIA and other independent labs. Set a price point and carat weight before buying your loose diamond. Within this range, choose the best cut like excellent. While the color and clarity can vary depending on your price point.

8.       Buy a Loose Diamond Online
One of the major advantages of buying a loose diamond is the cost. These diamonds help you save money as it can be less expensive to buy a loose diamond and then make customized jewelry than choosing preset jewelry. You can save even more by shopping online. Online diamond retailers offer certified loose diamonds at attractive prices as they do not have the additional mark-up of traditional brick and mortar stores. Be sure to choose diamonds with GIA or AGS certification so you know you are getting an unbiased assessment.
9.       Choosing an Online Retailer
Do plenty of research and read buyer reviews before deciding on an online retailer. Opt for a retailer offering certified diamonds from reputed authorities like GIA or AGS.

10.   Setting
Choose an appropriate setting to make the most of your loose diamond. Pave settings or halo settings are excellent choices for engagement rings as they are beautiful and add to the look of the diamond.

With these expert tips, you can never go wrong in buying the best loose diamond.


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