How to purchase a diamond
To purchase a diamond either when you are considering it as a gift for someone you love or even as a special treat for yourself, will take some time to achieve. Buying the woman's best friend will require you to learn a few things about it before you pledge your money to procure something that will definitely burn a hole in your bank account. Here is some information to help you get the best quality stone for your money, whether you're shopping in a traditional store, through a catalog or online.
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- When buying diamonds you also want to make sure you are not overextending yourself; therefore, the other thing you want to be assured of is that whatever diamond you purchase, you have done your homework on how to buy it.
- Learn how to recognize a good diamond. A diamond's value is based on four criteria: color, cut, clarity, and carat. The clarity and color of a diamond usually are graded. The carat and cut you will have to decide on after looking at the diamond.
- Make sure that you buy your diamond from a trusted retailer who provides you with a money back guarantee, the choice to exchange or upgrade the diamond and also gives you a good on-going service.
- Other factors to keep in mind while buying a diamond are certification (a written proof of the diamond's attributes), its shape, beauty and brilliance, branded vs unbranded and the setting that you choose.
Do'sIf you think that you would not be able to make the right choice, take someone with you who is knowledgeable and will be able to guide you.
Don'tsDon't be in a hurry to choose. Buying the largest diamond within your budget may mean that you are losing out on quality.