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Things to Consider When Buying Diamond Jewelry

Things to Consider When Buying Diamond Jewelry

2018-04-05

If you’re looking for a great piece of diamond jewelry, there’s no shortage of places to look. From retailers to pawn shops and online buyers, many businesses and individuals sell old diamond jewelry in Atlanta. However, if you go in not knowing a couple of fundamental concepts, you’ll be marked as a prime target. Here are some things you should know before buying diamonds and diamond jewelry.

Diamond ring

Diamond or Cubic Zirconia?

Diamonds have an exceptionally identical and synthetic alternative: cubic zirconia (CZ). A cheaper alternative, CZ stones are nearly indistinguishable from diamonds to the untrained eye. While more lustrous than its natural counterpart, it does lose that luster over time. If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive piece of diamond jewelry, there’s nothing better than CZ.

Color

A critical factor in determining price, the color of a white diamond refers to the presence of a yellow hue found in the mineral. This is graded on an alphabetized scale that ranges from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow), in which colorless diamonds are considered more valuable because they disperse light at a much higher rate.

Cut

Of the four C’s of diamonds, the cut is the most essential, as it directly affects the stone’s brilliance and visual appeal. What the cut ultimately refers to are the perfect proportions required for light to enter the table and crown and be reflected back through the top facets. If a stone is cut either too shallow or steep, light escapes through the bottom, which prevents the diamond from exhibiting its full potential.

Clarity

The clarity of a diamond is determined by the amount and placement of inclusions, or imperfections, that interfere with light passing through the stone. Because there are so few flawless diamonds, inclusions are to be expected, although they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Most diamond estate jewelry buyers have appraisers using 10-power magnification to find imperfections that affect a stone’s durability.

Carat

A carat is a standard unit of measurement that’s used for measuring the mass of precious stones. While this value has a direct influence on the price of diamond jewelry, it’s also very misunderstood. For example, if you shop with just carats in mind, you may return with the largest diamond for your budget, but it may not be the best quality. When shopping, remember to buy diamonds that have a great cut, color, and clarity, as balance is crucial.

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