Should I buy a diamond on sale?
You should think twice before you buy a diamond
"on sale." What they say is usually true - "You get what you pay for."
You probably will not be happy with it in the end. Why? Because,
a diamond "on sale" is usually a "promotional quality"
diamond which is another name for a "poor quality"
Should I buy the heaviest diamond I can
Not always. Buying the heaviest diamond
you can afford does not mean you are getting something of greater worth.
Sometimes, a smaller, properly proportioned diamond
has a greater value than a larger, improperly proportioned diamond,
and it may even look better - more brilliant and
alive. To illustrate this, take a diamond that weighs 1.1 carats and
proportioned with a diameter of 6.7 millimeters,
and compare it to a diamond weighing 1.25 carats that is improperly
proportioned with the same diameter of 6.7 millimeters.
The proportions of the heavier diamond are not as balanced as
the lighter diamond, hence its brilliance and overall beauty will be diminished
and its market value will be less. <
You will indeed have a heavier diamond, but it will not be of the
quality you deserve or desire.
What should I look for when choosing a
Once you have established a budget, then you must
determine the characteristics of the gemstone that are most important
and juggle one with the other to determine the optimum combination. These gemological characteristics are:
4) Cut - proportion and shape