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Tips for Purchasing Diamond Jewelry

Buying diamond jewelry can be challenging. Finding a gorgeous piece is cake; finding the one that fits you is the tough part. Unless you are professional gemologist, how are you to know, beyond a tinge of a doubt, that the diamond jewelry before you considering is of good quality? After all, diamonds are pricey.

You want a guarantee that the quality you pay for is what you get in return. However, that’s not to you don’t have work to do, and for a diamond jewelry buyer, work is research.

You can start by knowing that the value of a diamond is determined through four criteria, namely, color, cut, clarity, and carat. Color is classified from colorless to yellow, cut is how the diamond is shaped, clarity refers to the flawlessness of the stone, and carat is simply the gem’s weight.

Diamond weight can be expressed in decimal or fractional parts of a carat. A fraction can indicate a range of weights. For example, a 1/2 carat diamond can weigh between .47 and .54 carat. If diamond weight is indicated as a fraction, the retailer should tell you that the given weight is not exact, as well as give you the reasonable weight range for all fractions or weight tolerances used.

Imitation diamonds – for example, cubic zirconia – look just like diamonds but are way cheaper in price. Some artificial gemstones are also made to resemble diamonds, and can escape detection using a device that was originally intended to identify cubic zirconia. Before you buy diamond jewelry, ask the jeweler if they are using equipment that distinguishes between real diamonds and lab diamonds.

Here are additional tips to help you make a wise purchase:

> When you talk about diamond grades with a sales clerk, ask what qualifications are possessed by the person who grades their diamonds, and what other grading guarantees they are offering. It always helps to get a second opinion.

> Don’t use a black background when checking out some diamonds. Black alters your eyes’ perception of color. Always view diamonds under magnification and understand what you’re seeing.

> Comparison-shop before deciding which pieces to purchase.

> Ask the jeweler regarding diamond treatments. To improve how they look, diamonds may be fracture-filled or laser treated.

> Everything should be in writing. A sales receipt or appraisal listing the diamond’s quality, is considered a contract.

> Read and understand all guarantees and warranties before you buy the diamond jewelry.

> Together with your receipt, make sure you get a certificate of replacement cost or an appraisal that states the diamond’s qualities.

> Finally, if your diamond has a gemological certificate, make sure you have the original and keep it together with your receipt.