Category Archives: Buying a Diamond

5 Places to Buy a Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on Sep 20,2016

Buying an engagement ring is a momentous occasion. It means you and your loved one are ready to take the big leap into marriage. It is an object that will have sentimental and monetary value. This makes it so important to buy the right type of place to buy the diamond. You want to get the diamond from a reputable seller who will tell you about the diamond so you know what you are getting. You want to make sure wherever you go to get your diamond that you will be able to see the actual diamond you are considering buying. You want to make sure that they have graded diamonds, so you know what you’re getting. There are different considerations when you look at diamonds. You want to consider Diamond Carat Weight, do you want a 1 karat diamond or a half karat. The larger the size and weight (when looking at same quality) the more it will cost. Diamond Cut is also important. This will affect the overall brilliance of the diamond.

Diamond Color is important. White diamonds are rated D-Z in color grade. This shows if they have any tint or yellow color. The least color is in the D-F range. Diamond Clarity, this is very important. It is the grade that shows if it is flawless or has some imperfections or inclusions. A higher clarity grade is important as it indicates you can’t see the imperfections with the naked eye.

So where should you find this important piece of jewelry? Here are a 5 places you can buy a diamond engagement ring:

1. Online Retailers

This is something that wasn’t really available 15 years ago. Today you can find reputable jewelry online that will give you detailed information about their diamonds and settings. Look for an online stellar who is ranked well in reviews. You want to pick an online site that has videos and pictures of the actual diamond you would be purchasing. There should be magnified pictures available so you can see the detail. You also want a site that offers a return policy along with free shipping and insurance. You should find a site that also offers ratings from the laboratories of GIA and AGS.

2. Online at a Second hand store

You can search for second hand diamonds online at stores like etsy and eBay. You want to be careful that they have the documentation to back up the type of diamond they are selling. They should have an appraisal report. You also want to make sure they have a return policy. This will give you the chance to get it appraised by someone locally.

3. Use a inherited ring

Some families have jewelry that is handed down over generations. If you are lucky enough to have jewelry with a nice diamond in it you can have an engagement ring made at a local jeweler using your family diamond. This is a nice way to connect your family history to your new growing family.

4. Local Retailer

Some local jewelry stores have knowledgeable and reputable jewelers. They can help you select the best ring within your budget. This can be very convenient. Make sure you know their reputation before choosing the retailer.

5. Diamond District

Some cities have Diamond districts. For example, New York City has a very famous Diamond district. If you live close to a city you can spend a day going to the various jewelers in the district. Usually prices are quite good at these stores and there is a lot of selection to choose from.

Best of luck on your search for perfect diamond engagement ring!

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Diamond Rings – Which is Better: A Larger Diamond Size or a Clearer Diamond?

Posted on Oct 28,2014

There are four basic parameters that diamond buyers must take into consideration when choosing a diamond, these are: cut, clarity, color, and carat weight. While all these factors affect a diamond’s appearance, most people don’t mind sacrificing one or two qualities in exchange for a bigger diamond.

For instance, some buyers might not mind a diamond that shows a visible tinge of color as long as it is bigger in size. However, when it comes to clarity vs. carat weight, the decision might be harder to make. This is because visible inclusions can tarnish a diamond’s overall appeal especially if it is a big stone.

When cutting diamonds, diamond cutters try their best to conceal any inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions are tiny defects or imperfections found inside the diamond. Some diamonds might also have some imperfections on the surface; these are called blemishes. Both inclusions and blemishes affect a diamond’s brilliance (i.e. how much light they reflect).

When it comes to diamond clarity, the size, number, and position of inclusions are all taken into consideration and affect a diamond’s value. This is why diamond cutters make it a point to hide them in strategic areas like the girdle or under the facets in the bezel where they won’t do much to affect a diamond’s visible appearance.

How Much Clarity Can You Sacrifice for Carat Weight?

If there were no budget constraints, anyone would be happy to receive a flawless diamond that is bigger than 1 or 2 carats in size but since diamonds in the flawless range can be incredibly expensive, sacrifices must be made to suit one’s budget.

Ideally, you shouldn’t settle for a diamond lower than VS2 (very slightly included). Diamonds in the VS1 to VS2 range normally have several inclusions that are visible under 10x magnification. Since you won’t be staring at your diamond under a magnifying glass all the time anyway, you’ll hardly notice the existence of these inclusions at all. It usually requires a skilled observer to view these inclusions even with magnification. Most diamonds sold in the market are of the VS1 to VS2 range.

However, if you are very particular about clarity, you might want to go a little higher by getting a diamond from the VVS1 to VVS2  (very, very slightly included) range. Diamonds in this range often appear flawless to the naked eye and even under 10x magnification, only a skilled observer should be able to notice the inclusions.

If you prefer a bigger carat size and you don’t mind sacrificing a bit of clarity to get the size you want, diamonds in the SI1 range should be ideal. Diamonds in this range have inclusions that may be visible upon close inspection even without magnification but the defects aren’t severe enough to affect the diamond’s overall appearance.

If size is your priority and your goal is a diamond that is bigger than 1 carat, a clarity value of SI1 should be your limit. This is because diamonds in the SI2 range tend to have visible inclusions for stones that are 1 carat and above. SI2 clarity is only ideal for stones that are less than 1 carat in size.

You should keep in mind that inclusions become mush more visible the bigger the diamond is. This is why it’s challenging to get a good balance between clarity and carat weight.

Most diamonds in the market are priced on a per-carat basis. The price of diamonds that are of the same cut, clarity, and color tend to double as you go up a carat. If for instance, the price of a diamond is $2,000 per carat, then you should expect to have to pay $4,000 for a 2-carat diamond of the same quality.

It’s okay to sacrifice clarity for carat weight just as long as you still find a good balance between the two. Diamonds, after all, are meant to be admired and it would be a shame if you cannot fully appreciate its beauty because you sacrificed too much clarity for size.

On the other hand, clarity is still a subjective matter. So if you do not mind a lower clarity range, then by all means go for that bigger stone. It’s your diamond to enjoy after all.

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Vintage Engagement Rings – Your Guide to Classic Diamond Rings

Posted on Aug 13,2014

Vintage engagement rings are prized not only for the stone and the metal used on the setting but also the intricacy of its design. Vintage engagement rings feature some of the most elaborate settings that the band is sometimes as valuable for the wearer as the stone. Carefully handcrafted by jewelry artisans of decades past, vintage engagement rings (whether they’re from as far back as the 1800s, the 1920s, or the 1960s) are a testament to the talent and craftsmanship of the artist. Of course, the older the engagement ring, the more buyers usually value it. As such, authentic vintage engagement rings from a particular period can be hard to come by.

Authenticity

There are generally two types of buyers of vintage engagement rings: those that value the ring for its past history and those that value the ring for the design alone. Of course, some people also value both. If you are interested in buying a vintage engagement ring, the first thing that you have to decide on is whether you want an engagement ring from a particular period or you want a reproduction of the design of a particular period. If you’re after authenticity, then you have to look in a lot of different places to find the ring you want but if you only want a reproduction of a particular design, then you can have virtually any ring from any period reproduced by a talented jeweler. Although, the intricacy of the design and detailing may pose a challenge for many, depending on your chosen design.

If you are intent on proposing with an authentic vintage engagement ring from a particular period, then the following tips might prove useful to you in your search for the perfect ring:

Period of Origin

When shopping for vintage engagement rings, it might be easier if you focus on one particular period. While some don’t really have a preference just as long as the ring is an antique and is aesthetically pleasing in design, others are more particular about the period the ring is from. Does your partner have a particular preference?

The most common inspirations for vintage engagement rings are the Victorian period (mid to late 1800s; rose gold was widely used in this era; popular cuts include the old European cut and antique cushion cut), Edwardian period (notable for the use of platinum as the base metal; popular cuts include the rose cut and the old European cut), the art deco period (from 1920s to 1940s, notable for its art deco and filigree designs; white gold has become a common material for rings; popular cuts included the round brilliant and old European cut), and the retro period (1930s to 1960s; wedding bands were typically designed to match the engagement ring).

Price

It is a common misconception among many first-time vintage jewelry buyers that vintage engagement rings are more expensive than modern ones.  Unless the ring had an important past and had very valuable components, vintage rings aren’t necessarily more expensive. Price depends on the physical aspects of the ring (i.e. the current state of the stones and the band, the presence of visible damages). While most vintage jewelry sellers will have restored the ring as much to its former glory as possible, any damages can still have a big impact on the price. More often than not, going vintage is a much more cost-effective option when buying an engagement ring. Plus, you get to enjoy the craftsmanship of a particular period in history.

Quality and Durability

Authentic vintage engagement rings that still carry all the stones from the original ring are a testament to its craftsmanship. When buying a vintage engagement ring, it’s important to ask the seller beforehand if any of the stones on the ring have been replaced. Engagement rings that carry multiple stones might not always withstand the test of time. As such, jewelers sometimes replace missing or damaged stones from the original ring. In some occasions, only the band is kept and the stones are replaced with new ones.

If the ring you are buying is from the Victorian era or the Edwardian era, it’s extremely important to make sure of its durability because of its old age. Although, stones from the Edwardian era are said to be superior when it comes to cut and durability.

Ring Setting                                                                                         

Vintage engagement rings are highly notable for the intricacy of their settings. Since some of the settings are really delicate, it’s important to check the stones on the ring. If any of the stones seem loose or can easily be dislodged with your finger, it probably won’t withstand too much use anymore.

Ring Size

Not all vintage engagement rings can be resized without affecting the original design. The really intricate ones can cost a fortune to resize, especially if you need to add more material to the ring to make it bigger. Ensuring that the detailing and the metal are similar can be difficult for modern jewelry makers so you have to make sure to get the size right or at least make sure that it is possible to have it resized. You can also ask for a quote for resizing ahead of your purchase to ensure that you stay within budget.

The Stone

Most importantly, examine the stone (or stones) carefully and decide whether it is something you really want to keep. It is important to remember that cutting methods have significantly evolved over the years. Improving the cutting process has made it possible to maximize the fire, brilliance, and scintillation of modern diamonds. Vintage diamonds, however, tend to be less sparkly than their modern counterparts.

When shopping for a vintage engagement ring, you can’t rely too much on what it says on paper about the diamond’s cut, clarity, color, and carat weight because there were different cutting standards in the past. Also, it can be difficult to find a vintage engagement ring with a proper certificate. While you can have it evaluated yourself, you should still keep in mind that you should set different standards when it comes to a diamond’s 4Cs.

Make sure to have the ring appraised before buying. You can bring a diamond valuation expert with you to a store to ensure that you are getting what you are paying for. You can also choose to have the ring appraised after purchase, just make sure the store has a reasonable return policy.

When choosing a vintage engagement ring, it’s really all about personal preference and how you feel about the ring. Whether you are choosing it with your partner or buying it as a surprise, the ring should represent the personality of the wearer.

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Diamond Wedding Bands – Guide to Buying and Selling Diamond Bands

Posted on Jul 29,2014

There is perhaps no other piece of jewelry that will hold as much importance to you as your wedding ring. It is something that both you and your spouse will likely wear for the rest of your lives. As such, it should not only carry a design that you love but it should also be able to withstand daily use. Choosing wedding bands for your special day should be a mutual decision between you and your spouse. While you can choose different styles for your wedding bands, it is still recommended that you choose them together to make the bands even more special.

Guide to Buying Diamond Bands

Diamond wedding bands are a very popular option, especially among women. But many men are also choosing to have their wedding bands embedded with diamonds. A diamond wedding band can provide a sparkly backdrop for your engagement ring. A pave wedding band, for instance, can add more emphasis to the center stone on your engagement ring. If you have your heart set on a diamond wedding band for your special day, these useful guidelines will certainly help you when you start shopping around for the perfect diamond wedding band:

Choosing the Metal

Modern wedding bands come in a wide array of metals. While the most common options are gold and platinum, many other options are available in the market that suits different styles and budgets.

For instance, titanium is slowly gaining popularity among many couples. While an unlikely option for wedding bands, titanium is a durable and aesthetically pleasing material for rings. It is resistant to scratches and can withstand wear and tear from daily use.

Of course, traditional options like white gold, yellow gold, and platinum will never go out of style. For gold wedding bands, 18 carats and below is recommended because anything above 18 carats tend to be too soft for daily use and is prone to scratches (e.g. 22 carat gold).

Platinum remains to be a prime option for many couples. While much more expensive than gold, platinum is prized for its durability.

Other options for metals used in wedding bands include palladium (notable for its similarities with platinum and its cheaper price), zirconium, tungsten carbide, and of course, rose gold.

Choosing the Style and Setting

When choosing a diamond wedding band for women, make sure to consider the style of your engagement ring. Some couples choose to buy the engagement ring and wedding band as a set to ensure similarity in style, setting, and material but this isn’t necessary especially if the engagement ring is intended to be a surprise.

Since the engagement ring and wedding band are traditionally worn on the same finger, you might want to consider a curved diamond wedding band. Curved diamond wedding bands give extra space for the central diamond on the engagement ring. This is a good option not only in terms of aesthetics but especially comfort.

The setting is one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing diamond wedding bands. Since you are going to wear your wedding band everyday, you have to make sure that the setting offers security for the diamonds and comfort for the wearer. Popular options include pave, bezel, channel, and prong.

Choosing a prong setting for a diamond wedding band ensures safety for the diamonds but may pose some inconveniences for daily use (e.g. the stones are more likely to get caught on clothes and other materials). The pave setting is perhaps the most superior when it comes to aesthetics, as the diamonds appear as if they are floating on the surface. The bezel and channel setting, on the other hand, offer both comfort and added security for the stones.

Setting is purely subjective so you should go for the setting that best suits your personal style.

Choosing the Stones

Since diamond wedding bands carry very small stones, you can get lower grade stones without having to sacrifice how it looks. Most stones used for wedding bands are round brilliant cuts and princess cuts because they offer the best fire and brilliance but there are also some diamond wedding bands that feature unique diamond shapes like emerald, pear, asscher cut, and heart. However, since these shapes are not commonly found, you may choose to have your diamond wedding band custom made to include your preferred diamond shape.

Guide to Selling Diamond Wedding Bands

Many people choose to eventually sell their diamond wedding bands for various reasons. If, for whatever reason, you are in the process of selling your diamond wedding band, the following tips will help you ensure that you get the best price for your ring:

Have it Appraised

There are several factors that can affect the selling value of your wedding band. This includes the style, number and quality of stones, and the type of metal. If you are unsure about the current value of your wedding band, it is best if you have it appraised beforehand. Knowing the appraisal value of your wedding band will not only ensure that you get a fair price when you sell but will also help you set realistic expectations for the price. You can have it appraised by a local jeweler or a pawnshop for easier access.

Have it Cleaned Before Selling

Before selling any piece of jewelry, it is best if you have it professionally cleaned beforehand. Go to your trusted jeweler and have it cleaned. If you have a white gold wedding band, you might want to have the surface of the metal plated with rhodium to get rid of scratches and other imperfections. Most white gold bands are coated with other metals like rhodium to enhance their durability and appearance.  The diamonds will also be cleaned to give them optimum sparkle and brilliance.

Consider Selling Online

When selling diamond wedding bands, it might not be such a good idea to sell to an individual especially since many consumers would not want to buy a used wedding band. This is why most people who sell their wedding bands opt to sell to jewelers that buy used diamond jewelry or pawnshops. If you want a relatively hassle-free selling experience, you might want to consider selling your ring online. Online diamond buyers are perfect because they offer some of the highest prices for second-hand jewelry and they can also offer you the privacy you need since you won’t have to meet with them in person and the entire selling process is accomplished online.

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Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings – Classic, Timeless Ring Styles

Posted on Jul 14,2014

There’s nothing quite like a solitaire engagement ring setting to emphasize the beauty and brilliance of a diamond. It is one of the most popular styles when it comes to engagement rings because of its classic appeal and elegance. Many women prefer the solitaire style because it suits just about any diamond shape.

If you’ve chosen to propose with a diamond solitaire engagement ring, you’ve made the right choice. Not only is it one of the safest options if you’re not sure about the recipient’s style preference but it is also the easiest style to find in jewelry stores and other venues.

Choosing the perfect diamond solitaire engagement ring can be a daunting task especially with the number of options available to you from different venues. The key to finding the perfect ring is setting some parameters before making a purchase. Shopping around online and viewing different styles will allow you to make a much more informed decision when it comes to the stone and the setting of the ring. Below are some factors to consider aside from the 4Cs (carat, color, clarity, and cut) when buying a solitaire engagement ring:

Stone Shape

Since a diamond solitaire engagement ring only features one diamond, the shape of the stone is one of the most important things that you should consider. It is best to have this aspect set before the buying process begins so that you won’t be overwhelmed with the number of available diamond shapes once you do start to view rings.

Without a doubt, the most popular stone shape for solitaire engagement rings is the round brilliant. Over half of engagement ring purchases are round brilliant solitaires. Since a solitaire setting puts special emphasis on the stone, you’ll probably want to choose a stone that has exceptional brilliance. Brilliant cuts like the round brilliant and princess cut are excellent options. Other brilliant cut stone shapes include oval, cushion, heart, and marquise.

The beauty in the solitaire style is that it suits just about any stone shape available even step cuts like the emerald cut and the asscher cut so it really is just a matter of style preference. If you are unsure about the style preference of the recipient, the round brilliant would be the safest option for a diamond solitaire engagement ring.

Stone Setting

Another important factor when choosing a diamond solitaire engagement ring is the stone’s setting. This aspect goes beyond aesthetics, as you’ll also have to consider functionality (i.e. whether the setting will be able to hold the stone safely even with everyday use). The type of stone setting you choose will depend on its size and its shape.

The most popular stone setting for round brilliant solitaire engagement rings is the prong setting because it is not only practical but also minimalistic in design, giving the stone extra emphasis. Prong settings usually come with either four or six prongs (tiffany setting) but for diamond shapes like the heart, a three-prong setting is ideal to emphasize the shape of the stone.

Another popular setting is the cathedral setting, named as such because the arches that hold the stone resemble the vaulted ceilings of old cathedrals. This stone setting is ideal for smaller diamonds, as it offers the diamond more visibility, making it look bigger in size.

Modern stone settings for solitaire engagement rings include the bezel setting and the tension setting. While the bezel setting is more popularly used in earrings and pendants, it has gained popularity for engagement rings as well, particularly for round brilliants and square cuts like the radiant cut or emerald cut.

For the perfect diamond solitaire engagement ring, you might want to consider choosing a loose stone and then choosing the setting separately instead of buying a pre-designed ring. This will make it easier to design a ring that would suit the recipient’s personality and preference.

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Diamond Heart Necklaces – Jewelry for Women

Posted on Jul 03,2014

Diamond heart necklaces are a popular jewelry choice among women. As one of the most popular symbols of love, heart shaped jewelry like diamond heart necklaces are also a popular go-to gift for women during special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Day.

Buying Diamond Heart Necklaces

If you are in the market for a diamond heart necklace, there are many options that you can consider. Whereas large diamonds are traditionally used for engagement rings, diamond necklaces are more versatile when it comes to the size and number of diamonds used on the pendant.

Most diamond heart necklaces available in the market do not showcase actual heart shaped diamonds, instead you might find a round brilliant diamond or several diamonds set on a heart shaped silver or gold pendant or a cluster of diamonds set in a pave heart shaped setting. However, the option to purchase an actual heart shaped diamond pendant is always available, although a lot more expensive and not as common as round diamonds set on a heart shaped setting.

Choosing Heart-Shaped Diamonds

The heart shaped diamond is a modified brilliant cut. Heart-shaped diamonds are popularly used in solitaire pendants but they are also used in engagement rings. If you want a solitaire diamond pendant for your diamond heart necklace, you might find the following tips useful when choosing the ideal stone:

Symmetry and Cut

Symmetry is one of the most important characteristics of a heart shaped diamond.

A well-cut heart shaped diamond should have a sharp bottom and rounded edges where the two halves meet. If you prefer a classic heart shape, look for a length to width ratio of  .95 to 1.02 but if you prefer a more elongated, narrow cut, look for a LW ratio of 1.05 to 1.15. Slightly elongated and narrow cuts are preferable when used for solitaire pendants.

Carat Size

Heart shaped diamonds that are smaller than .50 carats are not recommended especially when used for solitaire pendants or rings because the heart shape is not very distinguishable for small stones. However, if you are buying a small heart-shaped diamond, it is recommended that you set it in a bezel setting instead of a prong setting to emphasize its heart shape. You can also choose a three-prong setting for smaller diamonds.

Color and Clarity

Since heart shaped diamonds are a modified brilliant cut, they are more forgiving of inclusions and flaws. It is also not as easy to spot color in such cuts compared to step cuts. If you want a colorless heart shaped diamond for your necklace, set a minimum color of G. It is also recommended that you set a minimum clarity of SI2 for stones less than .50 carats and VS2 for stones that are larger than 1.0 carat.

Setting

Heart shaped solitaire pendants will look good in either a bezel setting or a three-prong setting depending on your preference. However, for larger stones, a four-prong setting is recommended for extra protection.

Other Options

Pave heart diamonds pendants are also a very popular option among consumers. They are easier to find and are generally cheaper since the pendant is made up of several small round diamonds instead of one large heart-shaped diamond. You can also consider a heart-shaped gold or silver pendant embedded with one or several round diamonds.

Where to Buy

Whether you want a solitaire heart shaped diamond necklace, a pave diamond heart necklace, or a heart shaped pendant with diamond accents, there are many options available in the market.

Amazon

Amazon also carries several diamond heart necklaces ranging from heart shaped lockets embedded with diamonds to pave diamond heart pendants. Below are some notable pieces from their available selection:

Blue Nile

Blue Nile offers a wide selection of heart shaped loose diamonds as well as several pendant settings so you can create the perfect heart shaped diamond necklace. We’ve preselected a few options below for your consideration:

Build a Diamond Pendant

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Blue Diamond Necklaces – Jewelry for Women

Posted on Jun 23,2014

Blue diamonds are fancy colored diamonds that are prized especially for the presence of color in the stone. While majority of diamonds sold in the market are in the D to Z color range, there are a few rare exceptions that show color including blue, pink, yellow, green, and even brown. While there are other stones that exhibit a natural blue color like a blue topaz or a blue emerald, blue diamonds are highly prized because of their rarity and beauty. Unlike colorless diamonds, blue diamonds and other fancy colored diamonds are much more expensive the more intense the color they show. Whereas people are willing to pay a premium to get a flawless colorless diamond in the D to F range, people are willing to pay more for diamonds the deeper the color they show when it comes to blue diamonds and other fancy color diamonds.

Unlike colorless diamonds, fancy color diamonds like blue diamonds are graded not for their fire and brilliance but for their color. Since inclusions are easily masked by the intensity of color in a blue diamond, clarity is not as important in blue diamonds as they are in colorless diamonds.

Of all the other gems used for women’s jewelry, diamonds are perhaps the most popular and most treasured. Blue diamond necklaces are especially prized for the rarity of the stone on the necklace. While not as easy to find as colorless or near colorless diamond necklaces, a blue diamond necklace will, no doubt, stand out in any occasion.

Selling Blue Diamond Necklaces

Due to their rarity, buyers are always willing to pay a premium for an authentic blue diamond. As such, selling a blue diamond necklace will yield better price offers than selling a diamond in the D to Z range.

If you have a blue diamond necklace that you want to sell (whether natural or color treated), it’s important to look for the best possible venue where you can get the best price for your necklace. After all, blue diamonds are a rare commodity and should be valued. If you want to get the best price, you can either sell directly to an individual who is willing to pay your ideal price or to an online diamond buyer. It’s best to look for an online diamond buyer who has expertise in valuing fancy color diamonds so you can get a fair price for your jewelry. Online diamond buyers will always be able to offer more for your diamond jewelry than pawnshops or jewelers because they have lower overhead costs so you can get more for your item.

Buying Blue Diamond Necklaces

You should exhibit more caution when buying a fancy color diamond like a blue diamond to ensure that what you are buying is authentic especially since some sellers might attempt to sell you other blue gemstones and label them as a blue diamond. Knowing what to look for will help you make an informed decision and will help you get the most for your money. Below are some helpful tips when buying blue diamond necklaces and other blue diamond jewelry:

Color

As the most important attribute in fancy color diamonds, you should pay close attention to the presence of color in the stone. The GIA uses these descriptions to grade fancy color diamonds like blue diamonds: fancy light, fancy intense, and fancy vivid. Fancy light is at the lower end of the scale and fancy vivid is considered the highest.

The GIA uses hue, tone, and saturation to grade the color quality of the stone. For blue diamonds, highly saturated ones are considered more rare and more valuable. The deeper the blue color is on the stone, the more expensive. It is worth noting, however, that blue diamonds don’t come in as many saturations compared to other fancy color diamonds. Blue diamonds also show a bit of gray color and are not as saturated as sapphires. Blue diamonds owe their color to the presence of boron impurities in the stone.

Clarity

While clarity is still important in a blue diamond, as long as it does not affect the stone’s face-up value, it is still highly prized. Highly included diamonds that show a lot of color can still be very expensive as the presence of color is the factor that matters the most. Unless the inclusions affect the durability of the diamond, they don’t typically affect the price.

Carat Weight

Carat weight is also an important factor in fancy color diamonds. Aside from larger diamonds being more valuable for their size, blue diamonds generally show more color the larger they are. Large blue diamonds are also very rare which is why they are highly prized.

Cut

Fancy color diamonds are typically cut into fancy shapes like radiant, pear, and oval because they show more color than round brilliant fancy color diamonds. The deeper the pavilion, the more intense the color in blue diamonds and other fancy color diamonds so this is also an important factor to consider.

Since blue diamond necklaces don’t have to be as perfect as blue diamonds used for engagement rings, you can compromise certain parameters to suit your budget especially when it comes to carat weight, color, and cut. However, if you want a truly rare blue diamond for your necklace, then be ready to pay a premium for your stone.

Grading Report

When buying a blue diamond, make sure it comes with a GIA Colored Diamond Grading Report and GIA Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report to ensure its authenticity. The report will state the stone’s color origin (whether it is natural or treated).

Where to Buy

As previously mentioned, blue diamonds are extremely rare and as such few jewelers stock authentic blue diamonds that were not subjected to artificial coloring techniques. Authentic blue diamonds are also very expensive so others may prefer artificially colored colorless diamonds to authentic blue diamonds. Most blue diamonds available in the market are heat treated in gem labs to enhance the presence of color.

Amazon

Amazon offers a few blue diamond necklaces but most of them are color treated so if you’re truly intent on buying an authentic blue diamond, you might have trouble finding one on the site. If, however, a color treated diamond is a suitable option for you, then you might want to consider the following options:

PARIKHS Round Cut Blue Diamond Solitaire Pendant AAA Quality in White Gold (0.04 ctw)

Blue Diamond Necklace and Earring Set 1/2 Carat (ctw) in 14K White Gold

14K White Gold Blue Diamond Solitaire Pendant (1.50 CT) With 18″ Chain

Blue Diamond Solitaire Pendant 14K White Gold – 1.50 CT Diamond

1.53ct Fancy Blue Round Diamond Pendant Necklace 18k White Gold

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Best Place to Buy Diamonds

Posted on Jun 16,2014

Before the Internet, the only option for the diamond buying public is to buy their diamonds from a jeweler especially since there was no way to directly access diamond suppliers and diamond wholesalers. The Internet has made it possible for the average consumer to access a wide-selection of diamonds at better prices because diamond suppliers and wholesalers are now just a few clicks away. Wholesalers don’t just cater to jewelers these days; they also cater to the end-user, blurring the lines between what is considered wholesale and retail.

Buying Online vs Buying from a Retail Establishment

While many people still prefer buying diamonds from a jeweler, as they want to be able to physically examine the stone before making such an expensive purchase, more and more people are also choosing to purchase loose diamonds online to get better deals.

While it’s certainly easier to make a decision when you can see and touch the stone, jewelers have very high mark-ups on diamonds and other precious gems because they also have higher overhead costs so expect to pay more when you purchase from a chain store. Most jewelers also have a limited selection of diamonds so if you’re looking for something very specific that’s not too commonly stocked in jewelry stores (i.e. fancy shape diamonds), you might have to place a special order from your local jewelry store and have to pay extra for it.

Buying diamonds online will not only give you access to thousands of options but you’ll also be able to compare prices faster and easier as you can access everything from the comfort of your own home. While you have to exhibit some extra precautionary measures when buying a diamond online, as long as you purchase from a reputable seller, you’ll definitely find a better deal.

So Where is the Best Place to Buy Diamonds?

If you’re looking for a wide selection and good prices, you’ll definitely find what you are looking for online. The best place to a buy a diamond is from a buyer who has low overhead costs as they can pass on the savings to the consumer. Online diamond retailers and sellers are able to offer better prices for their diamonds because they have lower overhead costs, as they don’t have to maintain a brick and mortar establishment.

Most retail chain stores have very high profit margins so you’ll likely end up settling on a lower-grade stone to fit your budget. Buying loose diamonds online is ideal, provided that you purchase the stone from a reputable source. For good measure, never buy a stone without a GIA certificate.

If you’re buying straight from a supplier, you can just buy the diamond and take it to your local jeweler to have it set in your ideal setting. Most online retailers, however, also offer a varied selection of settings alongside thousands of diamond options so if you prefer having everything done online, there are many options available to you.

Buying from an established online diamond retailer or seller is just as safe as buying from a jeweler. Most jewelers over value their diamonds anyway so unless you know how to value diamonds, it can be difficult to tell slight differences in color, clarity, and cut quality even if you physically examine the stone.

Additional Tips for Buying Online

Aside from making sure that you purchase your diamond from a reputable seller and that it comes with a GIA certificate, you should also review their after-sales policy just in case you want to return the stone or you are delivered the wrong piece. Mishaps happen even when you buy from a physical location so it’s best that you know the seller’s policy before making a purchase so you’ll know what to do just in case you have to return your diamond.

While buying something as precious and expensive as a diamond online can be nerve-racking at first, you’ll find that the experience is relatively smooth and hassle-free with most reputable online sellers.

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