Sunday, 2 February 2014

Buying Diamond Jewellery

If you are buying a piece of diamond jewellery for a loved one or as an investment there are many things you need to remember. You maybe spending a vast amount of money so here are some points to help you in your buying choices.
English: diamond engagement ring in platinum -...
English: diamond engagement ring in platinum - Maia Engagement Ring - from 1791 Diamonds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Firstly it is very important to buy from a reputable source. Buying from a company that adheres to the Kimberley Process ensures that your money does not go to fund arms and conflict in underdeveloped countries. A good jeweller will know where their diamonds are sourced from

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

Carat - the weight and size of a diamond is measured by carat weight. A carat is divided into 100 smaller units and these are called point. For example half a carat is 50 points. 
There is also a fifth C - or Certification. The best diamonds are certified in an independent gemmological lab, and buying a certified diamond gives reassurance but can add to the cost of the item. The certificate will note the four C's as spoken above. One of the most recognised laboratory is the GIA (the Gemmological Institute of America). Other popular certificates include HRD, IGL, and AGS.

Regarding metal choice, does she prefer white metals, yellow or rose gold? 

A traditional choice is yellow gold, whilst white gold, palladium or platinum are the modern alternative. Rose gold has a rich rose hue due to copper deposits in the alloy. With gold, 9ct gold and 18ct gold is the most common in the UK. 9ct gold is 37.5% pure, the rest is other alloys, so it is cheaper than 18ct gold which is 75% pure gold and the rest other alloys. White gold is often rhodium plated to keep its colour and its shine as it can turn very slightly yellow over time. 

Platinum is the purest metal you can buy for jewellery, it is strong and stays true white so it is said to be the best metal in which to set diamonds. It is also the rarest and thus the most expensive precious metal you can buy. Palladium is the family of platinum but is much cheaper and less rare, it can have a slightly 'gunmetal grey' colour. 

Regarding the choice of jewellery, think of what jewellery she wears and her lifestyle.  Would a piece of expensive jewellery fit into her lifestyle, for example does she love eating out and going on holiday, places where she can show off her jewellery, or does she prefer to stay at home? Not to say that if she doesn't go out she would not like a piece of diamond jewellery however!

Another thing to think about is does she have her ears pierced and does she love earrings, if so a beautiful pair of diamond earrings maybe perfect or would she be wary of losing one? Does she love bracelets or would she be annoyed by one or worried about wearing something expensive on her wrist. Are you buying her an engagement ring, eternity ring or a dress ring? So many decisions to make!

I hope you like this brief guide on buying diamond jewellery. There is a lot of information out there, so I have just touched on some points. Good luck in buying! Let me know how you get on.

Do you love diamond jewellery as much as me?

Source : The Guardian How to Buy an Engagement Ring 

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26 comments

  1. My hubby mad a rod for his own back when we met, he decided a diamond as a pressie every year was a good idea, I have some lovely pieces of jewellery but I feel he regrets his idea :)

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  2. This is a great and informative post - hubby is going to buy me another engagement ring as I bought mine in Turkey and got ripped off because when I went to value it in the UK the diamond had a slight crack in it and devalued it - I was so angry grrrrrrr............ didn't realise there was so much involved in buying a diamond !!

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    1. I will never buy something valuable abroad, you have very little come back.

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  3. What a fantastic and comprehensive guide. A must read for those looking to make what is potentially a very big purchase :-)

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  4. My husband went to great trouble to get all these things right when buying my engagement ring. He asked me what mattered more the diamond or it's size, then off to work he went. Great guide.

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    1. That is great, that he went to this trouble, you sound like you have a great husband.

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  5. Diamonds are a girl's best fried :) A fab guide to all things diamond. I love my diamond engagement and wedding rings ♥

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  6. Now if only I could persuade my husband to buy me some diamonds x

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  7. what a lush ring, Ii am not one for really wanting diamonds infact i am not much ajewellry fan at all think its becasue i have lost and broken soo much previously i simply giv in on buying it

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  8. I would love a really nice piece of jewellery - maybe one day!

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  9. I am happy I don't have to worry about things like this... all of this is totally left up to Mark to sort out :-)

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  10. Very informative post. Will have to throw a few hints at the OH and see if I get a diamond soon :-)

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    1. Good luck in your hinting. Every girl deserves a diamond or two :D

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  11. I do love diamond jewellery but I've never bought any. If I ever do I'll know where to come for advice!

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  12. This was a really useful guide although I doubt I'll ever be receiving a diamond ring - ah well....

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  13. I've never bought a diamond! Atleast now if I do, I'll know what to look for! :D

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  14. Great tips. I shall remember this post if I'm ever lucky enough to be shopping for a diamond!

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  15. Oh that ring is just stunning!!! Have to convince the hubby to get me some diamonds!

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