Buying Tips for Diamond Carat Weight
The carat weight of a diamond will always depend on your budget.
You must buy an average sized diamond with a good cut, color and clarity instead of buying a larger diamond with not so good cut, color and clarity.
This term ‘Carat’ is different from the term ‘Karat’ which is used to describe the gold's fineness or purity.
A Diamond Certificate or Diamond Grading Report is a statement, issued by an independent Gemological Laboratory, that at the time of evaluation, the Diamond in question has been examined, measured, and scrutinized by experienced Diamond Graders, using various gemological instruments, and determined to contain the characteristics as stated in the Certificate or Report.
There are many reputed laboratories available for diamond certification, which are known for their consistency and unbiased diamond grading systems. For example, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and the American Gem Society Laboratories (AGSL).
Buying Tips for Diamond Certificate
When you buy a diamond, you should always ask for a diamond certificate. It may cost you a little more money, but it will provide you a much-needed peace of mind knowing that you are getting your money’s worth.
A diamond certificate gives you the exact details of the stone and on the basis of this information you will be able to do some comparison-shopping before making the actual purchase.
A diamond certificate allows you to pay the money on the basis of stone’s characteristics.
Your jeweler won’t be able to charge you more and there are very good chances to get the best deals.
On re-sale of diamond along with its certificate, you will get a better price for the diamond.
To get insurance for your diamond, you also need to produce the diamond certificate.
General Buying Tips
You must set your budget for buying a diamond and then explore all your options.
By this way, you'll find a wide range of diamonds with different carat weights and qualities in your price range.
Always buy a diamond which fulfills the basic criteria of the 4Cs and is suitable to your budget.
You should give priority to diamond cut, color and carat weight over diamond clarity. Imperfections are almost always so small that they have no measurable effect on the diamond's brilliance. Brilliance is almost entirely the result of the cut and proportions of the diamond.
When you are buying a diamond for your loved ones, always keep their personality and preferences in mind.
You should ask your jeweler to give more information about the origin of diamonds available with him so you don't end up buying a conflict diamond.
You should also ask your jeweler, if the diamond you are considering buying is treated to enhance color or cover flaws.
A treated diamond should cost less than a natural diamond.
Always buy a diamond from a reputed and known jeweler.
If you don’t know any good jeweler then you should ask your family members or friends for their recommendations.
Beware of jewelry store lighting which usually consists of quartz or halogen bulbs.
These can deceive as they blast high-intensity streams of light into goods to make them look like the crown jewels.
While buying a diamond, you should not be in a hurry or in pressure. You should buy it at your convenience and at your own pace.
Now you can go ahead to buy a diamond with more confidence and always remember that ‘Diamonds are forever’. They won't depreciate or wear out like a car or a computer in a few years. So enjoy buying the world’s most exceptional item by keeping the above mentioned buying tips in mind.