While traditional and plain gold jewelry was preferred in the past, solitaire rings, in other words, diamonds, are been preferred now. But when buying a solitaire ring you have to be very careful, because buying a diamond is not easy at all. How do you understand the quality of a diamond? In fact, knowing the 4C rule and a few things about the certification allows for a quality and lucrative shopping experience. What is the 4C rule? Cut, Carat, Clarity, Color.
Here are the things you should pay attention to when buying a diamond jewelry.
Color: Diamond jewelries look like without color however they have color tones. Value of a diamond jewelry is understood from its color. Those which are above J in the color range between D and Z have sufficient whiteness. That is, diamond jewelry in above J has reasonable and requisite whiteness. Color ranges in diamond jewelry are defined with the following letters:
- D - E - F: Excellent white
- G - H: Full white
- I - J: Slightly yellowish white
- K and the rest Yellow
Clarity: Clarity is an important point in a diamond jewelry. And if a diamond jewelry has little inclusions, it is precious. Clarity above SI is admissible and precious. Clarity range in diamond jewelry is described with the following letters:
- FL - IF: Fully unstained
- VVS1 - VVS2: There are very small invisible stains
- VZ1 - VS2: There are very small invisible stains
- SI1 - SI2: There are small invisible stains
- I1 - I2 - I3: There are visible stains
Carat: The weight of a diamond is measured in carats. As the carat weight of a diamond increases so does its rarity and therefore its price. In diamond jewelries that were purchased for marriage proposals, above 0.20 Ct. are recommended.
Cutting: Cut is the most important of the 4Cs because it has the greatest influence on a diamond's sparkle. A diamond's cut is what produces the stone's brilliant sparkle
For recognizing cutting quality and its supplements you should move it in your hand.
Where diamond jewelry should be purchased from? Why is its certificate important? What to look out for?
When buying diamonds, the primary priority is the guarantee. The place where a diamond is bought should be trustworthy and should have certification. If possible, places which solely deal with diamond jewelry should be preferred.
Certification is highly important in diamond jewelry. It is similar to an identification card. As our identification cards contains information about us, certificates of diamond jewelry contains features such as color, carat, cutting quality etc. Attention is to pay to the fact that certificates were granted by independent bodies such as IGI, GIA, HRD. Level of certificate is important as well; it should not be made with unqualified material.
There are no problems in the certificate issued by the manufacturer in the diamonds where stones are smaller than 0.30 Ct are used. However, if stones larger than 0.30 Ct are used, a laboratory certificate must be obtained.
The last things to pay attention to:
- Room for negotiation is higher in buying diamond jewelry.
- Do not forget to agree with the shop for reselling it with 20% loss in case you change your mind and might want to sell it back to the store.
- Spot lights in diamond jewelry stores are misleading. Therefore, look at the diamond with a magnifying glass by covering it with your hand.