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Buying Diamond Jewellery

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Buying diamond jewellery is an expensive decision and many of us know little about it. Gold and silver attract attention of many jewellery buyers, but diamond remains a strong gift idea for occasions like festivals, birthdays, anniversaries and marriages. To most people, a diamond represents undying love for their beloved, and everyone wants to buy diamond engagement ring or a designer diamond ring at least once in life. However many individuals actually do not know what to expect in the terms of quality and price when they shop for diamond rings. It is therefore essential to arm yourself with the knowledge about the product beforehand, so that you can get the maximum value of your money.

Foremost, it is important to find a trustworthy online diamond jewellery store or a diamond jeweler. After that, the next step is to do some research on the grading system of diamonds, also known as the 4 Cs for diamonds. The beauty and price of diamond engagement ring depends on the rarity and prettiness of it, which is interplayed by these 4 Cs - Cut, Clarity, Carat and Color.


'Cut' of the diamond in the engagement ring determines the light dispersion, brilliance or life of the diamond. If the diamond's reflective qualities are below the standard, then its appearance will be adversely affected. These good cut gives the diamond its brilliance and ability to handle light in a sparkling fashion. The brightness will seem to come from the very heart of the diamond engagement ring.


Clarity refers to the presence of inclusions in a diamond. Inclusions are the natural identifying characteristics like minerals or cracks, appearing while diamonds are formed in the earth. They look like minute crystals, clouds or feathers in diamond. Diamond engagement rings and designer diamond rings free from internal flaws or inclusions are rare and highly valued. This grading of clarity of diamond requires education and a lot of practice for a gemologist to master. The diamond is first looked with naked eye and then under a 10 X magnification lens to check the number of inclusions. The grading on clarity is done according to these factors:

I. I.F. - Internally Flawless, means the diamond engagement ring presents no internal defects under 10 X magnification.

II. V.V.S. 1 to V.V.S.2 - It implies very slightly included when the piece presents defects that are very difficult to locate under 10 X magnification.

III. V. S.1 to V. S.2 - Very slight inclusion, when the diamond designer ring presents defects that are hard to locate with the naked eye.

IV. S. 1 to S.2 - Slight inclusion, when the diamond presents defects that are easy to locate with the naked eye.

V. I.1 to I. 3 - Imperfect, when the diamond engagement ring presents defects that are very easy to locate with the naked eye.


In the diamond designer ring, carat refers to the weight of diamonds in it. Since larger diamonds are rarer that the smaller ones, the value of diamond engagement ring rises exponentially with increase in the carat weight. A carat is 200 milligrams or 0.2 grams and is always referenced within 2 decimal points.


The last most important thing that you need to look while purchasing diamond designer ring is the color of diamond. Color implies that how 'colorless' the diamond is? For example, a white diamond is not really white but clear in color. Different colors in diamond engagement rings are produced because of impurities trapped in the diamond during the process of it's formation. Color range from totally colorless (D) to a pale color (Z). Diamonds of a higher grade than (K) fall into the fancy diamond range. A diamond with a color range greater than (K) often have descriptive phrase like grade (M) - Faint Brown.

The final point is to always remember that diamond engagement rings and designer diamond rings can be purchased within a wide variety of price range. What you need to decide is your taste and spending power.

Author: Nitima, Freelance web content writer

2009 ·Random Writings by TNB