Top 5 Diamond Buying Mistakes

Posted by Bella's Fine Jewelers on Jul 20, 2017 10:53:43 AM
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When it comes to buying her a diamond, do you find yourself in unfamiliar territory?  If so, you are not alone.  Hopefully, these quick tips will save you the time, money, and frustration that many others have gone through by helping you...

  • Acknowledge your lack of knowledge
  • Put aside your assumptions
  • Make sure you budget enough time
Following the following 5 common diamond buying mistakes and learning how to avoid them will not only take the stress off you, but ensure that you buy a diamond she loves that you can afford:  

Diamond Buying Mistakes #1: Not Learning The Language

Would you ever walk into an Apple Store and blindly buy the first iPhone you saw?  No, you read reviews, find out the storage options, what color you want, decide if you want the Plus or the regular, etc.  Same goes with diamonds, except you need to start from scratch since you most likely do not have any experience in this category.  Therefore, you will need to do your homework.  To make the best use of your time, start by learning the diamond 4Cs:

Color
'Color' measures the presence of color in the stone; the less the color, the higher the quality.
 
Cut
'Cut' looks at how well craftsmen cut the stone from it's raw form into its faceted form.
 
Clarity
This analyzes the internal purity of the stone inclusions, feathers, etc.
 
Carat
This describes the weight, not the measurable dimensions of a stone. 
 
When you begin to understand the primary characteristics of a stone, you can start determining where you want to invest more, less, etc.  Thereby, creating a hierarchy to find a perfect stone for her.  For a more thorough descriptions download my FREE diamond guide.
 
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Diamond Buying Mistakes #2: Not Getting The Right Diamond Certificate

Buyer Beware!  Not all 'diamond certificates' are the same.  There are many laboratories that offer diamond grade, but none as respected and trust worthy as a GIA (Gemological Institute of America).  GIA not only created the 4C's buy they also created the world standard for diamond grading.  

If you are asking 'why do I even need a diamond certificate" the answer is simple.  You need a baseline to compare stones, and a respected certificate will do this for you.  Also, buying a diamond with a respected certificate will give you piece of mind, ensuring you are getting the exact stone you are paying for.   

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Diamond Buying Mistakes #3: Focusing on Size ONLY

Diamonds are described as 'The 4Cs of Diamonds"...not the big C for carat and three other random little C's.   Do Not ignore the other C's!  Yes, a large diamond can be impressive, but unless it has a nice balance of color, cut, and clarity you may end up with an unappealing, dull, murky stone without any sparkle to it.   Keep your diamond characteristics in balance and buy a stone that she will be proud to own.

 

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Diamond Buying Mistakes #4: Missing Warning Signs

If a diamond looks too good to be true, it probably is.  Look for terms like 'enhanced' or 'fracture filled.'  These are treatments that you absolutely want to avoid.  Fracture filling occurs when a diamonds internal cracks are filled to make the stone look clearer and of a higher clarity.  However, the material used to fill the diamond is susceptible to caustic materials, heat, etc.; all things that the diamond will be exposed to in the setting process.  

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Diamond Buying Mistakes #5: Not Giving Yourself Enough Time

Learning about diamonds, finding the right diamond, selecting a setting, and planning the perfect proposal takes time and you don't want to rush.  Give yourself a few months so you don't need to hurry through the process.  

 

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