Most guys will have to go through the process of buying a diamond when proposing to their loved ones. Here’s a quick guide to steer you in the right direction.
Ask For Documentation
When you have chosen the diamond you want to purchase, you should ask for a written document that can prove the authenticity of the diamonds. This documentation can be in the form of appraisal, certificates or a grading authority from LGP, GIA or AGSL.
However, there is one key difference between appraisals and certificates. The former verifies the monetary value of the stone. They can vary with respect to the opinion of independent appraisals and market fluctuations. Moreover, appraisals on loose stone are far more accurate than on mounted stones.
On the contrary, certificate gives a detailed review of the quality of stone and is often termed as its blue print. The 4 C’s carat, cut, color, and clarity can be evaluated via the certificate. It assigns grades to the stone, which further determines its value and cost. Certificates are issued by several diamond labs but the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and American Gem Society (AGS) are the highly recognized ones.
In addition to confirming the validity of the stones, these documents can help you select a high quality diamond at the right prices. Some jewelers also present their buyers with a document known as the ‘Statement of Replacement Cost’ which you can present to your insurance company in case of any damage caused to the stone.
Authentic documents can also prevent you from purchasing blood diamonds. These are the ones obtained via illegally sources or whose profits are used to fund weapons and other prohibited activities.
Observe The Flaw-Ness!
Most people are of the opinion that a real diamond is flawless, with no intrusions or extrusions. Let us assure you that is not true! Pure diamonds have tiny imperfections which enhance the reflecting capabilities and sparkle of these stones. These features cannot be found in cautiously crafted Cubic Zirconian stones which do not contain any imperfections.
Also, don’t be worried to buy a diamond with some amounts of inclusions as they usually aren’t eye visible and they can help lower your costs. Diamonds with SI1 ratings or SI2 ratings offer the best value for money and can help you authenticate the origins of a diamond.
Get The Diamonds X-Rayed!
An interesting fact about diamonds is that they do not appear in x-ray results. On the other hand, glass, zirconium and other crystals show up in the x-ray results. Therefore, if your selected stones appear in x-ray, you know you shouldn’t purchase them!
See Through the Stone
What distinguishes diamonds from other stones is their magnificent sparkle, which is the result of high refractive index. This property bends the light that passes through the stone at sharp angles, causing them to glisten more than any other stone. Other materials like quartz and glass have low refractive index, which means it causes less sparkle.
If you see double refraction through the stone then the chances are that it is made of Moissanite, chemically known as silicon carbide. This material is almost identical to diamond and even jewelers have difficulty in telling them apart. This stone exhibits double visions if observed from the top.
If the diamond is mounted on a metal, you won’t be able to see the bottom clearly unless you see the stone directly from the top. If the diamond is not mounted then keep it on a newspaper and look through it. If you can view the text clearly then the stone’s a fake!