Most people will confirm that diamond shopping can be quite overwhelming, especially when you are a beginner. There is a wide range of cuts available and choosing one can be only done by doing proper research. This is because diamonds are also an investment. Since lab-grown diamonds are a thing now, choosing which kind of diamond is ideal for an engagement ring requires extensive research because you have to consider all the factors.
In this article, we will take a look at some of the important factors one should consider when buying diamonds of any kind.
Colorless diamonds are extremely rare. The rest are yellow and brown in various tints. A diamond is mined and then submitted to a gem lab, where gemologists assess its color on a range of D to Z. The most valuable and thus most expensive diamonds are colorless diamonds.
A diamond’s weight is measured in metric carats. A carat is 200 mg (0.2 gram) of gold. Each carat is divided into 100 “points,” each of which equals one-hundredth of a carat. This enables measurements to be made to the hundredth decimal place with extreme precision.
The cut of a diamond refers to all of the little facets and angles that are carved into the stone to improve its reflection of light. A diamond with inadequate facets and angles appears to be dull and lifeless, but a diamond that has high-quality facets and angles can interact beautifully with light efficiently to produce brightness, fire, and scintillation.
Internal inclusions and outward imperfections develop in diamonds as they form far under the earth’s surface. The quantity, nature, and location of these flaws are all factors to consider when determining clarity. The clarity of a diamond is graded on a scale from Loupe Clean (LC) to Piqué 3(P3).
When diamonds are exposed to ultraviolet rays in sunlight, a tiny percentage, typically 25-30%, emit a faint blue glow. While fluorescence in a diamond is hard to detect with the human eye, too much fluorescence can make a diamond appear blurry.
Buying a diamond with a certificate from a respected gem lab is the safest method to do it. Certificates ensure a diamond’s quality by detailing its cut, color, clarity, and weight, as well as protecting the buyer’s investment by assisting the gem’s value retention through time. Always purchase a diamond with a certificate, according to our recommendations.