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Buying Tip No. 1 - Your Diamond Budget

The first thing you need to figure out when buying a diamond is a budget. Before one even starts searching for a diamond a budget needs to be set that you are comfortable with. A diamond is a major purchase that lasts forever so what might seem like a high price really is not when you factor in the cost over years of ownership. You are the only one that can make the decision of what to spend on your diamond you should not base this on what a friend, relative or colleague spent on their diamond. Make your diamond purchasing experience a memorable one not a life lesson. Set a budget and stick to it.

Buying Tip No. 2 - Diamond Shape

The second step in buying a diamond would be deciding on the shape of the diamond you wish to purchase. The main diamond shapes being round, princess, asscher, cushion, marquise, oval, radiant, pear, heart and emerald shaped. The classic, timeless and most popular shape is a round it is also the most expensive as you lose the most amount when cutting a round from a rough diamond into a faceted diamond. There is no wrong shape of diamond. Most of all it is personal preference enjoy choosing!

Buying Tip No. 3 - Diamond Color

Selecting your diamonds color. Diamonds come in every color of the rainbow. I am going to explain the color scale for a white diamonds, which is D thru Z. The whitest diamond would be the color scale letter D meaning pure white. The lower the letters go the more yellow tint you get in the white diamond. One way to save some money would be to go with a lower letter in the color scale but make sure the diamond has a strong blue fluorescence, which will make the diamonds appear whiter.

Buying Tip No. 4 - Diamond Clarity

Selecting you diamonds clarity. The GIA diamond clarity scale starts at F (flawless), which is the cleanest diamond meaning the diamond is without any carbon spots which are black specks or anything else that would take away from the clearness of the diamond. This is also the highest in price. Next on the scale is IF (internally flawless), VVS 1 & 2, VS1& 2 , SI 1& 2 , I ,1,2 & 3 as the scale goes down the more included the diamond becomes. The best way to save money is to go with a medium clarity diamond in which the flaws in the diamond can be positioned under prongs or hidden in the setting.

Buying Tip No. 5 - Diamond Fluorescence

Diamond fluorescence. Fluorescence in a diamond refers to the blue glow that comes from the diamond when put under ultraviolet light. Now the diamond industry looks at this as a bad thing and discounts diamonds with strong blue fluorescence as much as 15%. This is not a bad thing fluorescence will make your diamond appear whiter while saving you money. So search out a diamond with strong blue fluorescence and compare the stone to a diamond without fluorescence and judge for yourself.

Buying Tip No. 6 - Diamond Carat Weight

Carat weight the size of your diamond is based on carat weight. The larger the diamonds carat weight is basically the higher the price. The best tip I can give on carat weight is if you looking for one-carat diamond do not rule out a .99 carat no one will know the difference except you and your wallet. The same goes for larger if you are wanting a 1.50 carat look at a 1.48 or 1.49 you will a notice a difference in price and the 1.50 will look no different than the 1.49.

Buying Tip No. 7 - Diamond Certification

When buying a diamond you want to make an informed decision. A certified diamond is the best way to go about doing that. You will pay more for the certified diamond as apposed to a diamond with no certification. The diamond certification insures you are getting exactly what you paid for. Anybody can make up a color and clarity of a diamond but the certification mainly a GIA certification (Gemological institute of America) ensures the shape, color, cut, clarity, size with measurements, symmetry, polish as well as fluorescence and shows you exactly where any impurities or flaws are located in your diamond. There are many companies that certify diamonds but the most accurate and respected is GIA.
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