When it comes to purchasing a diamond or diamond jewelry, you’re talking about a sizable purchase that you are likely going to have to save up for, a purchase that you are going to spend quite a bit of time researching, and a purchase that you really want to get right the first time around.
And while the internet has definitely made it easier to research diamond purchases – and even made it easier to make these kinds of purchases without breaking your bank account along the way – there are still a handful of common mistakes folks make all the time that results in them getting a less than picture-perfect diamond when they pull the trigger.
By paying attention to the inside information below, you will be able to avoid all of the most common mistakes and pitfalls that folks make regularly when purchasing diamonds and diamond jewelry. Hopefully you’ll be able to use these details to get your hands on the perfect diamond for you or that someone special in your life.
Let’s dive right in!
Pay close attention to cut quality when purchasing a diamond
The number one mistake that people make when purchasing a diamond is ending up getting misled when it comes to the overall cut quality that a jeweler is promising.
Cut is inevitably the most difficult factor in any diamond to define. You can pretty much tell the color and the clarity of a diamond without having a trained eye, and carat weight can be authenticated through a variety of different ways – including slapping it on a jewelry scale – but when it comes to cut you really need to know exactly what you’re getting into or you may find yourself swindled on a diamond that isn’t all that it appears to be.
For starters, you want to make sure that you are being shown a diamond that is actually cut to your specific specifications. Some jeweler’s like to show three or four different diamonds that look the same but really aren’t to kind of confuse you and dissuade you from purchasing the top cut, pushing you in the direction of a diamond that you really aren’t interested in.
Secondly, you want to make sure that you avoid purchasing a diamond that has a real deep or steep cut. These are the kinds of diamonds that have carat weight hidden in the depths of the diamond County and represent a diamond that has been cut poorly – either by mistake or by a jeweler that just didn’t know exactly what they were doing, as well as a jeweler that was cutting away mistakes and flaws in an effort to salvage a diamond that was less than picture-perfect.
Don’t purchase a diamond that has already been set
Because it’s now possible to purchase diamonds directly online you want to make sure that you are purchasing a “loose diamond” as well as a setting and a finished piece of jewelry, rather than purchasing a diamond that has already been set as it then becomes almost impossible to accurately judge the clarity and the color of the diamond that you have invested in.
Jeweler’s love to use this trick, though it’s becoming less and less effective simply because we can order loose diamonds to be set online and even in retail stores today.
A diamond that has been set can have its flaws hidden under prongs, it’s color obscured by reflections from the setting itself, and can be further accentuated by a deft jeweler’s hand creating a setting that really obscures the features that do not make the diamond all that valuable.
You cannot – MUST not – purchase a diamond valued at more than $2000 without seeing it loose so that you know exactly what you are getting your hands. No jeweler with a reputation worth protecting will even consider letting you purchase a diamond valued at more than $2000 without you getting to see it up close and personal, under the power of a magnifying glass, and in a number of high-definition photographs to show all of its qualities.
Anybody that tries to sell you an expensive diamond already in a setting needs to be avoided at all costs. There are just too many other options out there that won’t handicap you that you’d have to be a little bit crazy to move forward with a diamond that you can’t individually confirm ahead of time.