Buying a diamond ring, particularly a diamond engagement ring, can be one of the larger purchases a person makes in their life. It’s important to do your research to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. There are a lot of factors to consider when trying to get the best diamond for your money, and there are a lot of ways you can go wrong if you aren’t careful.
This short diamond buying guide will go over some of the most common mistakes consumers make to help you make the best decision you can.
DON’T DISREGARD THE CUT OF A DIAMOND
There’s a reason diamond cut is the first of the “four Cs” — cut, clarity, colour, and carat — that define the aesthetics of a diamond. The cut or the geometry of the faces cut into the diamond, are what cause the stone to catch the light and give it its sparkle and fire. A well-cut diamond will appear absolutely radiant, almost regardless of the diamond colour and clarity.
When considering what to look for in a diamond, many jewelers will sell stones based primarily on diamond clarity and colour, but be sure to ask them about the cut. A diamond with a high grade for clarity and colour that’s cut poorly will never look as good as a lower-grade diamond that’s cut well. It’s important to remember that diamond cutters are craftsman, and like any craft, you have people that are highly skilled, many that are good, and some that don’t know what they’re doing. So don’t ignore the cut!
DON’T ASSUME ALL GRADED DIAMONDS ARE THE SAME
Another diamond buying mistake people make is to assume that all diamonds of a given grade are the same. Diamond grades are based on certain measurable visual characteristics, but the four Cs can interact with each other, changing the overall look of a diamond. This means diamonds of the same grade can look very different from one another.
It’s a mistake to assume that everything you need to know about a diamond can be found on its certificate. Two diamonds with the same certification can appear very different to the eye. This is why it’s always recommended that buyers view their diamonds in person before purchasing.