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I personally prefer buying diamond jewellery from small independent jewellers. By supporting the high street you are putting money back into the local economy. Independent family run jewellers such as Prestige Diamonds will know about their jewellery, will be proud of their beautiful displays, and often will have their own workshops in which they set their diamonds.
Independent jewellers provide excellent customer service and advice and will go the extra mile to make the customer happy. Look out for the National Association of Goldsmith's mark for jewellers that adhere to a code of practice.
What type of jewellery are you going to buy and what shaped diamond or diamonds will it contain? Are you looking to buy a diamond ring, earrings, necklace or bracelet?
Diamonds of above a certain size are graded by the 4 C's.
The Four C's - Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat.
Cut -A well cut diamond sparkles well and reflects light. Make the cuts too deep or shallow and the sparkle or its 'fire' will be gone. There are many shapes a diamond can be cut into but the most popular ones are round, emerald princess, marquise and pear shape.
Colour - the most valuable and sort after colour is white, or should I say colourless. The best colour is graded as D, the worse Z. Diamonds with a distinct colour are rare and called fancy stones.
Clarity - the clarity of a diamond can greatly affect the price. If you look into a diamond with a jewellers loupe you can often see inclusions - carbon deposits. The best diamonds are graded IF - Internally Flawless to the diamonds that are graded Included3. You can buy rough diamonds that are also ungraded.
Credit: The National Association of Goldsmiths
Source : The Guardian How to Buy an Engagement Ring
* In collaboration with Prestige Diamonds Jewellers in the Northwest