Buying loose diamonds can appear intimidating and complicated but with the ideal information it can actually be a really exciting experience! Among the main things to bear in mind while you’re purchasing loose diamonds is the 4Cs. A diamond’s quality and price is determined by these factors. Here’s what you should absolutely know to be able to choose loose diamonds wisely.
First, Concentrate on the Cut
The cut of a diamond determines its glow and shape. A well-cut diamond reflects light beautifully and gives you a brilliant sparkle, whereas a diamond that is cut too shallow or deep does not reflect light as well and is considered low quality. Choose the finest quality of cut on your diamonds which you can afford. According the GIA, an”Excellent Cut” diamond is among the best quality and also the most expensive. It will be smart of you to choose a”Very Good” if not”Excellent” grade diamond, which will still be a high-quality stone but relatively more affordable.
The shape is one of the most important aspects of buying diamonds. If you’re buying a loose diamond for an engagement ring it’ll be a great idea to ask the receiver what they would prefer. Go for a non-traditional diamond shape such as marquise, pear or heart only if you are sure your partner is into that!
Now, the Clarity and Colour
Diamond are formed deep inside the earth’s crust and the majority of them have some flaws. These little flaws are called”inclusions”. Most diamonds have imperfections that cannot be seen with the naked eye, and some do not have any imperfections at all. A diamond with no imperfections is called”flawless”, it’s very rare and very costly. Honestly, it’s an excellent idea to buy a diamond with a decrease clarity than perfect as it will still look clean and perfect without magnification and you will save money that you can then invest on the cut or carat of the loose diamonds you are buying.
Most diamonds have a very slight yellow tint which again, is hardly visible without comparing with diamonds. Completely colorless stones are rare, expensive and of the highest quality. While selecting the color of your loose diamond, bear in mind that the cut, shape and color of the metal used on your ring’s setting will affect the colour of your stone. For instance, a yellow or rose gold setting is more forgiving for tinted diamonds. So while you are getting loose diamond, instead of getting a colorless stone, select a slightly tinted diamond that won’t make a significant difference and look just as beautiful in a ring.
Last But Not the Least: Carat
A diamond’s size and weight is measured in carats. The more carats a diamond has, the most expensive it is going to be. The weight of a diamond will not impact the quality of the stone; the most important part is to find the right balance between the carat weight and cut of the loose diamond that you choose. Size does matter but bigger is not always better. Picking a diamond size depends on the ring design you want, balance between all the 4Cs and your budget. So, look if everything makes sense in the bigger picture as you’re buying loose diamonds.
If you can find a way to balance all the 4Cs in a manner that works best for you, buying loose diamonds will be a breeze. We hope you have a great time shopping!