Know Everything About Why Diamonds Are Forever
jewelry: diamond rings, diamond earrings, diamond pendants and
diamond bracelets are some of the most sought after gemstone
creations. Your eyes tell you how beautiful a piece of diamond
jewelry is, but how do you know you are getting your money's worth?
knowledge can go a long way to help you purchase a beautiful piece of diamond
jewelry at a fair price.
Diamond Jewelry 101
value is based on four criteria: color, cut, clarity, and carat. The
clarity and color of a diamond usually are graded. However, scales
are not uniform: a clarity grade of "slightly included" may
represent a different grade on one grading system versus another,
depending on the terms used in the scale. Make sure you know how a
particular scale and grade represent the color or clarity of the
diamond you're considering. A diamond can be described as
"flawless" only if it has no visible surface or internal
imperfections when viewed under 10-power magnification by a skilled
As with other
gems, diamond weight usually is stated in carats. Diamond weight may
be described in decimal or fractional parts of a carat. If the weight
is given in decimal parts of a carat, the figure should be accurate
to the last decimal place. For example, ".30 carat" could
represent a diamond that weighs between .295 - .304 carat. Some
retailers describe diamond weight in fractions and use the fraction
to represent a range of weights. For example, a diamond described as
1/2 carat could weigh between .47 - .54 carat. If diamond weight is
stated as fractional parts of a carat, the retailer should disclose
two things: that the weight is not exact, and the reasonable range of
weight for each fraction or the weight tolerance being used.
may be treated to improve their appearance in similar ways as other
gemstones. Since these treatments improve the clarity of the diamond,
some jewelers refer to them as clarity enhancement. One type of
treatment - fracture filling - conceals cracks in diamonds by filling
them with a foreign substance. This filling may not be permanent and
jewelers should tell you if the diamond you're considering has been fracture-filled.
treatment - lasering - involves the use of a laser beam to improve
the appearance of diamonds that have black inclusions or spots. A
laser beam is aimed at the inclusion. Acid is then forced through a
tiny tunnel made by the laser beam to remove the inclusion. Lasering
is permanent and a laser-drilled stone does not require special care.
laser-drilled diamond may appear as beautiful as a comparable
untreated stone, it may not be as valuable. That's because an
untreated stone of the same quality is rarer and therefore more
valuable. Jewelers should tell you whether the diamond you're
considering has been laser-drilled.
diamonds, such as cubic zirconia, resemble diamonds in appearance but
are much less costly. Certain laboratory-created gemstones, such as
lab-created moissanite, also resemble diamonds and may not be
adequately detected by the instruments originally used to identify
cubic zirconia. Ask your jeweler if he has the current testing
equipment to distinguish between diamonds and other lab-created stones.
for diamond jewelry online, apply these tips.
1. Shop with
companies you know or do some homework before buying to make sure a
company is legitimate before doing business with it.
advantage of information and referrals from an internet company you
have come to trust.
3. Get the
details about the product, as well as the merchant's refund and
return policies, before you buy.
4. Look for an
address to write to or a phone number to call if you have a question,
a problem or need help.