Buying an engagement ring is one of the most important purchases you will ever make, up there with buying a car, house, or fishing boat. The diamond symbolizes the beginning of a lifetime together.
Buying a diamond can be an intimidating experience. Add that to the stress and worry as you prepare for your engagement and you might be tempted to grab the first shiny ring you find. Because there are so many types of diamonds, get some education before you buy. With the guidance of a professional you can find the best diamond to create a perfect ‘jewelry moment’.
When purchasing a loose diamond for an engagement ring or other special piece of jewelry it is important to have an understanding of the qualities of diamonds that make them so valuable. In the early 1950s the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) established a grading system for diamonds which was adopted by the international jewelry community. This grading system is based on four characteristics every diamond possesses: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight.
Cut: When shopping for a diamond, cut is the most important of the 4 Cs. At Richard Dolgin Private Jeweler we suggest that our customers purchase Ideal cut diamonds. Without maximum brilliance there is no real reason to buy a diamond. Ideal cut is what makes your friends say "Did you see her diamond?".
Color: In our opinion it does not take a top color grade to make a beautiful diamond.The cost of diamonds is greatly affected by the color grade. If a stone is cut ideally, the color grade can be lower and the appearance of the diamond can be very appealing. In order to determine your preference for color, it is best to view many diamonds in person.
Clarity: Many times people get confused by a diamond’s clarity, but of the Four Cs, it is really easy to understand, and in my opinion has the least impact on a diamond's appearance. Clarity simply refers to the tiny, natural imperfections that occur in all but the highest clarity grades. Diamonds with the least and smallest imperfections receive the highest clarity grades. Because these imperfections tend to be microscopic, they do not generally affect a diamond's beauty in any discernible way.
Carat: A carat is the unit of weight by which a diamond and other gemstones are measured. One carat is equal to 0.2 grams, about the weight of a paper clip. I sell diamonds of every weight ranging from very small side diamonds to large center diamonds that will grab someone's attention. We can work together to optimize your budget in terms of size of diamond but also considering the quality of the diamond and a mounting. I have always suggested that buying a better quality smaller diamond may outweigh the option of buying a large diamond with lower quality grading. Size is important of course to many people but I advise not sacrificing diamond quality in order to achieve a larger stone.