7 STEPS TO GET THE BEST DIAMOND :
- Choose the Optimal Clarity Grade ( Tips:Don’t minimise your search to a VS diamonds and above. Most SI1 diamonds and even a lot of the SI2 diamonds have inclusions that are invisible to the naked eye. Why pay to have a diamond with no inclusions that anyhow you cannot see? This is especially true when looking on colored diamonds. If you happen to be looking for a dark colored diamond, a dark brown diamond etc., the chances are that most si2 and even I1 inclusions will barely be seen.)
- Choose your Carat Weight Range ( Tips : Carat does not necessarily mean size –People automatically assume that a 1.00 carat diamond is bigger than a 0.90ct diamond. This is far from truth. Carat is a weight related measurement and does not mean size. Diamonds are priced per carat. The price per carat of a 1.00 carat diamond is much higher than the price per carat of a 0.90 carat diamond. Add the fact that a one carat diamond is 10% heavier and you’ll get a serious increase.)
- Choose your Diamond Shape ( Tips: The most expensive diamond shape is the round followed by princess cut – both have nice alternatives that will easily save you 20-50% on your money. Instead of round you can consider an oval (you can even extend your search to a fat oval with a length to width ratio as close to 1.0 as possible). Another option would be a cushion cut or a squarish cushion cut. The ideal counter for a princes cut will be a squarish radiant cut.)
- Choose the Cut Quality ( Tips : If you are looking for a round brilliant diamond, only search for “Ideal/Excellent” grade diamonds. If you are searching for a fancy shape, however, then it might pay to either include “Premium” or to disregard the cut grade altogether.This is not to say that cut grade is not important – on the contrary, it’s of utmost importance. It’s simply saying that many vendors don’t correctly report fancy shape cut grades, so why filter out many results from your search which might be great choices.)
- Choose the Ideal Color Grade ( Tips: Color is a very important criterion in white diamonds and especially in colored diamonds. In whites, you may consider the setting. If you intend to mount the diamond onto a yellow gold ring then the yellow will reflect on the diamond thus going for a D color diamond will be an obsolete and you can get a lower color. Our recommendation: in white gold or platinum try to stay above G (though H may still be an option). In yellow gold, I color is ok as well.)
- Make Smart Choices about Fluorescence, Polish & Symmetry (Tips: in white diamonds fluorescence may become an advantage! One of the characteristics of fluorescence is that it makes diamonds appear a bit whiter. This means that you can consider buying a diamond with a lower color grade (and save money for it) and get one that is also with fluorescence (again save money on it) and the result will be a much cheaper diamond that will look the same to the untrained eye (and maybe to the trained as well).
- Choose the Right Certificate
SMART TIPs : If you consider buying a low clarity diamond it can be by hiding a peeling in the diamond with the prongs or hiding a feather like inclusion. A small sized pair of diamond studs will appear bigger by having a bagel setting instead of prongs setting.
In colored diamonds you can go for a weaker color (a lower cost diamond) and enhance it with the setting. Yellow diamonds are often mounted in yellow gold crowns or with yellow gold prongs (even if the hoop is in white gold). Pink Diamonds can be mounted in rose gold setting etc. This will enable you to save money on the diamond’s intensity level.