Purchasing diamond jewelry entails spending big money and as such it is necessary to know certain basic information about diamonds. You must learn the four Cs - Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat - all of which determine the quality and value of diamonds. Before going out to purchase jewelry, decide which of the four Cs you want to give more importance.
Cut denotes how a diamond's facets are created to maximize the amount of light that is absorbed, redirected, and released. In short, Cut has to be perfect if the diamond has to sparkle and catch people's attention. It is good to know that a diamond's Cut is in the hands of the craftsman who shapes it - whereas the other three Cs refer to the jewelry natural quality over which the workman has no control.
Color can be less important as colorless diamonds are the most sought-after and hence the most expensive. Diamonds are available in brown, different shades of whites and yellows. When buying a piece of diamond jewelry with multiple stones, it is necessary that the Color of the diamond matches well with other colors. Remember to avoid diamonds that appear milky.
Clarity indicated the purity of the diamonds and lack of clarity means the diamonds are flawed or included. While flawless diamonds are scarce and very expensive. Avoid any diamonds that have black flecks that are visible to the naked eye or diamonds that have chips, cracks or feathering when viewed under a gem scope.
Carat refers to the weight of a diamond and it is based on a scale of 100 with 100 points equaling a carat. A 25 point stone is a quarter Carat, a 50-pointer is a half-Carat. Strictly speaking, Carat should be the last C in your list of priority. It is far better to have a smaller, less-flawed, beautifully cut, near-colorless diamond than to have a large 3 carat diamond that has no sparkle.
As purchase of diamond jewelry is a costly affair, it is better to be clear about how much you want to spend. The drawback is you can easily get caught up in the glamour of diamond jewelry and impulsively buy exceeding your money limits.
It is essential you buy jewelry only from a reputed and reliable shop. The jewelry industry has a plethora of retailers - some of whom may inflate the prices and also trick you into buying a substandard stone. There is abundant information about jewelry retailers on the Internet. Some of these websites might be a good place for you to research - though buying online is inadvisable.
It is safer to make your purchase of diamond jewelry by physically visiting a brick and mortar shop. Please bear in mind that no two diamonds are alike and each diamond has its own individualistic characteristics that make it unique. It is not possible to study the subtle differences between two diamonds when you look at them online.
Personally visit as many jewelry shops as possible and study the diamonds. You can quite easily familiarize yourself with the four Cs and comfortably decide on the diamond-of your choice. After all diamond buying is something one does very rarely and therefore it is worth all the trouble.