What are a diamond’s 4Cs in layman’s terms?
The 4Cs of diamond quality are Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. Refer our buyer’s guide to understand the 4Cs. It is important that you understand these parameters before you buy diamonds.
What type of cut is the best?
It’s all down to personal preference. The most common is the brilliant or round cut diamond. Other cuts include Emerald cut (rectangular shape), Marquise (elongated shape with points at each end), Pear cut (resembles a teardrop), Princess cut (square or rectangular shape), Radiant cut (square or rectangular shape with the corners cut off) and Trilliant cut (triangular shape). The best way to decide which type of cut you prefer is to simply look at loose diamonds in a variety of shapes and choose your favourite or decide what suits your diamond jewelry design.
What is the difference between a “certified diamond” and a “non – certified diamond”?
There is no physical difference between a diamond that is certified and one that is not. The difference is that, with the certified diamond, you have a third party assurance as to the particular nature and quality of the diamond you are purchasing. A certified diamond comes with a diamond grading report from a gem lab. This report assures the customer that the diamond is independently recognized as possessing all the qualities specified by that report.
How do I know that it is a ‘real diamond’?
There are several tests, but in reality, unless you’re a gemologist you can’t really tell 100% whether the diamond you’re looking at is a simulant, synthetic or even ‘fake’.
If you cannot easily find inclusions under a 10 times magnification you should become suspicious, most likely it is not a real diamond. But be aware of the fact that some gas bubbles in cubic zirconium may appear like inclusions if you do not look carefully. Diamond grading reports do give you certainty on the nature of the gem.
The best way is to buy diamonds from a professionally and technically trained expert.
Is diamond a good investment?
The answer depends on whether you are investing in the diamond itself, or in what a diamond represents. Diamond prices have been steadily increasing for the past decades and diamonds tend to hold their value.
Can a diamond break or chip?
Even though diamonds are extremely hard, they can still be damaged from abuse. Diamonds can scratch each other and all other gemstones, such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and pearls. You should store your diamonds away from other gems in a jewelry box and don’t wear any valuable gemstones while doing hard work.
How should I clean my diamond?
Anything that cuts grease will help remove the build-up of oil and dirt from a diamond. Commercially prepared jewelry cleaner is perfectly suited for this purpose as is a simple dishwashing detergent and a bit of ammonia. You can of course also ask your jeweler periodically to clean your diamond jewelry. He will on the same occasion verify the setting to make sure your diamond remains in place.
How do I know I’m paying a fair price for my diamond?
Make sure you’re as well-informed as possible. Read through all the educational material for a thorough understanding of the qualities of a diamond that will impact the price. Research the seller. Buy only from reputed jewelers or diamond dealers. And, if you still have a nagging doubt about the stone, become convinced before you buy.