What To Look For In A Diamond – The Four C’s
- Tip: If you want a 1 carat diamond, consider .98 and you may save a lot of money by going for a less-demanded weight (and you can still round up when you tell people).
- Tip: If you are considering a round diamond, use the patented Holloway Cut Advisor to compare the dimensions of your diamond with ideal standards.
- Tip: A “Small Inclusion” or “Very Small Inclusion” diamond may have inclusions, but usually requires a microscope to see them. These are often a great value.
- Tip: “H” and “I” colored diamonds look clear to everyone other than gemologists and offer great value.
- Tip: A GIA certification raises the price, but keeps you from getting scammed by an in-house “expert.”
- BlueNile.com – well known online diamond and jewelry website
- UnionDiamond.com – a diamond wholesaler with a store in Atlanta
- Costco Jewelry – this discount wholesaler also sells jewelry
Know What She Wants
- Just because a jewelry store says they buy diamonds directly from the mines does not mean you are getting a good deal – check the prices and compare!
- Learn about Diamond Insurance that covers any loss or problems. Most jewelry stores offer insurance programs, but have a lot of fine print. Check out JewelersMutual.com for a reputable company.
- You don’t need as good of quality when buying diamond earrings or necklaces. These are not being gazed at as often as a ring so you can usually get better prices here.
- Check out these tips on buying an engagement ring for some other great advice.
Did I leave anything out? Have you been through the diamond-buying process? I’d love to hear your firsthand experiences!
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