Buying loose diamonds can appear intimidating and complicated but with the ideal information it can really be a really exciting experience! One of the main things to keep in mind while you’re purchasing loose diamonds is the 4Cs. A diamond’s quality and price is determined by these variables. Here is what you should absolutely know to be able to select loose diamonds wisely.
First, Focus On the Cut
The cut of a diamond determines its glow and shape. A well-cut diamond reflects light beautifully and gives you a brilliant sparkle, whereas a diamond that is cut too shallow or deep doesn’t reflect light as well and is considered low quality. Choose the finest quality of cut in your diamonds that you can afford. According the GIA, an”Excellent Cut” diamond is of the best quality and also the most expensive. It will be smart of you to choose a”Very Good” if not”Excellent” grade diamond, which will still be a high quality stone but relatively less expensive.
The shape is one of the main aspects of purchasing diamonds. If you are buying a loose diamond for an engagement ring it’ll be a great idea to ask the receiver what they’d prefer. But in the event that you absolutely don’t need to ask and spoil the surprise, then stick to a classic. Go for a non-traditional diamond shape like marquise, pear or heart only if you’re positive your partner is into that!
Diamond are formed deep within the earth’s crust and most of them have some flaws. These little flaws are called”inclusions”. Most diamonds have imperfections that can’t be seen with the naked eye, and some do have no imperfections at all. A diamond with no imperfections is called”flawless”, it’s very rare and very expensive. Honestly, it’s a good idea to purchase a diamond with a decrease clarity than perfect as it will still look clean and perfect without magnification and you’ll save money that you could then invest on the cut or carat of the loose diamonds you’re buying.
Most diamonds have a very slight yellow tint which again, is barely visible without comparing with diamonds. While choosing the color of your loose diamond, remember that the cut, shape and color of the metal used on your ring’s setting will affect the colour of your stone. By way of example, a yellow or rose gold setting is more pliable for tinted diamonds. So while you are buying a loose diamond, rather than getting a colorless stone, select a slightly tinted diamond which will not make a big difference and look just as beautiful in a ring.
A diamond’s size and weight is measured in carats. The weight of a diamond won’t affect the grade of the stone; the most important part is to find the right balance between the carat weight and cut of this loose diamond which you choose. Size does matter but bigger isn’t always better. Picking a diamond size is dependent upon the ring design you want, equilibrium between all the 4Cs and your budget. So, look if everything makes sense in the larger picture while you’re buying loose diamonds.
If you can find a way to balance all of the 4Cs in a manner that works best for you, buying loose diamonds will be a breeze. We hope you have a great time shopping!