Tips on Purchasing a Diamond Ring Online
These days consumers have many options when it comes to buying jewelry because apart from going to jewelry retailers the person can shop at home by using their computer but the rules and caution that has to be taken when buying a diamond in a store are still required when purchasing a diamond ring online.
Research is key in the acquisition of a diamond ring online, and the buyer has to familiarize himself or herself with the four Cs of buying diamonds that are: Carat weight, Color grade, Clarity grade and Cur grade and then determine which qualities are most pertinent to the person. The colour of the diamond measures the colorlessness of a diamond based on various master stones under controlled viewing conditions whereas clarity is the absence of blemishes and inclusions and clarity is based on the number, relief, size, relief and nature of the inclusions that can be seen under a 10x magnification done by a trained grader. The cut of the diamond may impact on the appearance of the diamond and accurate workmanship is needed to cut a diamond so that its symmetry, proportions and polish maximize the brightness, fire and scintillation. Diamonds are typically sold in karats, one karat is equal to 0.20 grams, and very few diamonds (one in every thousand) weigh more than a karat.
The consumer has to look for specifics when shopping for diamonds and they must know what they are looking for because there are some sites that show diamonds with a range in carat weight, clarity or colour but the buyer needs to know the value of the stone they are buying using specifics based on the 4Cs and not a range. A grading report is pertinent and it must come from a neutral grader that has no ties to the online shop and the buyer must check the report to make sure that it comes from an independent grading expert that will give an unbiased analysis of the diamond’s 4Cs. The value of a diamond depends on quality thus an objective report from a third party assessment of the 4Cs of the diamond is vital.
For additional security, the report number of any diamond is usually laser inscribed on its girdle thus the buyer needs to check for this figure that is engraved before it is up for sale or it can also be requested at the time of purchase. Besides the the diamond’s unique report number the inscription can be a personal message or symbol that can be used as a way of identification and this inscription is visible at a magnification of x10.