Diamond jewellery is a significant investment, so you need to be sure you are buying the best possible product for your money before you begin. If the jewellery is a gift for a loved one such as an engagement ring, it’s even more important that you make the right decision. Here are some top tips for buying diamond jewellery to help make your search easier and ensure you find the perfect diamond.
- Choose the right shape. Diamonds come in a range of different shapes (round, oval, square, princess cut square or rectangle, heart shaped, pear to name just a few) and this is a very personal choice. Choosing the biggest or most expensive diamond won’t necessarily guarantee the recipient will be overjoyed, so try to find out what kind of look they prefer before you begin your search. If this isn’t possible or you would like it to be a total surprise, a round diamond tends to be a safe bet as it’s a classic style that suits most ring settings.
- Decide on the carat. This is a unit of measurement that’s used to determine a diamond’s weight, and one carat is equal to 200 milligrams. People often assume that the bigger the diamond, the heavier the carat weight, but this is not the case; diamonds with a poor cut can still be heavy. The most popular carat weights for high quality diamond engagement rings are one and two carats, but those on a tight budget can purchase a diamond from as little as 0.02 carat.
- Select the cut. The cut of a diamond has nothing to do with its shape, but is about its appearance, significantly affecting its clarity, colour, symmetry and sparkle. There are two important factors to consider when looking at the cut of a diamond. The first is the Refractive Index (RI), which determines the gem’s brilliance and how it reflects light. The second factor is Dispersive Power, which refers to how it splits white lights into flashes of colour, often referred to as “fire in a diamond”. Each diamond is graded according to cut, so for superior brilliance you should look for a grading of “very good” or “excellent”.
- Choose the colour. The colour of a diamond may seem like an odd concept, as they are colourless compared to other precious stones such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Diamond colour grading actually refers to this lack of colour, and the more valuable the diamond the less colours it possesses – with the most superior gems described as “white”. The top of the diamond colour grade is Grade D; highly desirable, rare, exceptionally white gems, and the grade moves right down to Z. Diamonds at the bottom end of the grade show a variety of different colours and tones, which although still beautiful, are not as highly sought after. So, if you want to make a big gesture with a truly exceptional diamond, you should consider a Grade G (rare white) or above. If you want to purchase a beautiful piece of diamond jewellery on a smaller budget, a Grade H diamond is a good compromise, offering a bright white effect with subtle gold, bronze and yellow tones.
- Consider the clarity. The clarity of a diamond refers to how many blemishes and flaws (also known as inclusions) there are in and on the stone. Inclusions are internal flaws, such as cracks, air bubbles, knots, laser lines and minerals, whereas blemishes are flaws that are found on the surface. These include things like surface scratches, pits and chips, which often occur during the cutting process. Unsurprisingly, flawless diamonds are the most expensive and desirable, so if budget isn’t a consideration you should always seek the most flawless diamond possible.
- Check the certification. Unless you are already a diamond expert, most of the features listed above will be impossible to determine with the naked eye and without professional advice. A diamond certificate is an official document that confirms the cut, carat, weight, colour and clarity of the gem, as well as information about its finish and fluorescence. This certification gives you peace of mind that you are getting what you pay for and that the diamond is of the highest possible standards for your budget. The most trusted diamond grading laboratories are the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and the EGL (European Gemological Laboratory), used by the most prestigious and famous jewellers in the world.
- Take your time. Buying a diamond is a big decision, so something that should not be rushed into. Instead of making an impulsive choice, spend some time really thinking about how much you want to spend and the overall effect you want to achieve, taking into account all the tips listed above. One of the biggest benefits of buying diamond jewellery online is that you have the chance to peruse a huge range of items in the comfort of your own home, without a salesperson pressuring you into making a quick purchase. If you’re buying a special gift or engagement ring, ask a trusted friend or family member for their opinion (as long as they have a good understanding of the recipient’s tastes) and if you have any questions, contact the retailer for advice. A good online jewellery store will be happy to answer your queries and guide you towards making the right purchase.
Every piece of jewellery purchased from Dubai Sparkle comes with a diamond certificate and manufacturer warranty, delivered securely for free to customers all around the world. We appreciate that buying diamond jewellery is an important decision, so our dedicated team of experts are available to discuss your specific needs in detail.
Our expert team are based in Dubai as we operate online we are able to offer a huge choice of truly stunning diamonds at a fraction of the price of traditional bricks and mortar jewellery shops. Dubai is widely recognised as one of the very best places to buy diamond jewellery, and we have made it our mission to make this as user friendly and accessible as possible.
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