Planning to buy a diamond? Do you know how to go about it? There are a few things you need to keep in mind before you finally decide on one.
How do you test for quality? Well, you go by the 4 Cs. Colour, clarity, cut and carat. You can juggle these factors around to suit your convenience.
That will enable you to get a combination of a good diamond at a reasonable price.
Cut is the most important factor to consider.
It affects a diamond`s beauty, cost and durability. The sparkle and luminosity of a diamond depends on the cut.
It is the cut that determines the way light travels through the diamond - how much light is reflected back, and how much light travels right through the stone.
If the cut is too thin, the light won`t reflect back. It will travel right through the diamond and leak out. Obviously there won`t be much of a sparkle.
well-cut diamond is supposed to shimmer with radiated light. It is supposed to look alive.
A stone that isn`t cut well won`t fetch too high a price, as it looks lifeless and dead. It has no sparkle.
If a diamond isn`t cut well, it could break easily.
High clarity grade is not necessary to have a sparkling diamond.
Clarity refers to microscopic features that form within the diamond as it crystallises. A poor clarity diamond doesn`t cost much, but it can still be very attractive.
Cut does not refer to shape.
If you don`t know much about diamonds, take an expert along with you. Or you could get cheated.