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Diamond Grading Report. Buying tips

Diamond Grading Report. Buying tips

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Diamonds continue to sparkle despite all the global gloom
Value spiked 30% in 2011 and are expected to stabilise in 2012 .
Stay informed, join our free newsletter at http://www.diamondsnews.com
Diamonds continue to sparkle despite all the global gloom
Value spiked 30% in 2011 and are expected to stabilise in 2012 .
Stay informed, join our free newsletter at http://www.diamondsnews.com

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Published by: nordend123 on Jan 09, 2012
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 ==== ====Diamonds continue to sparkle despite all the global gloom. Value spiked 30% in 2011 and areexpected to stabilise in 2012 . Subscribe our free newsletter if you like diamonds.http://www.diamondsnews.com/  ==== ====Getting to know Gems Becoming intimate with Gems The major cost of the engagement ring is often the sparkling diamond or shimmering coloredgemstone that you select to adorn it. To avoid costly mistakes, it is very important to learn asmuch as possible about the stone you are considering. The best way to take the risk out of buyinga particular gem is to familiarize yourself with the gem. While the average consumer can't hope tomake the same precise judgments as a qualified gemologist whose scientific training and wealth ofpractical experience provide a far greater data base from which to operate, the consumer canlearn to judge a gemstone as a "total personality" and learn what the critical factors are; color,clarity (sometimes referred to in the trade as "perfection"), sparkle and brilliance, and weight, andhow to balance them in judging the gem's value. Learning about these factors spending time inthe marketplace looking, listening, and asking questions before making the purchase will prepareyou to be a wise buyer more likely to get what you really want, at a fair price. Selecting a Diamond The diamond engagement ring has emerged as the universal symbol of love and commitmentbetween two people. Not only is it the formal beginning; visible "announcement" of your yourengagement, but the centuries old symbolism surrounding diamond reflects both the preciousnessof the moment and commitment made by two people in love to cherish each other forever.While some woman prefer other gems to diamond, or opt for the special significant of a familyheirloom, a diamond is the overwhelming choice of today's bride. Some brides to be have no doubt been taken by surprise with the unexpected presentation of anengagement ring, but it is probably safest to go about the task of selecting the ring together. Whilethe element of surprise is very romantic, keep in mind that the engagement ring is meant to beworn for a lifetime. So it is especially important that the bride-to-be really loves it; that it reflectsher personal taste and style. If you are a die hard romantic who wants to surprise her, we suggestplacing a photo of a ring you like inside the "tiny black ring box" and presenting her with thisinstead; it combines romance with practicality, and you are sending another important message:not only do you love her, but you understand the importance of working together on suchimportant decision! The previous and following articles, we will give everything you need to know to purchase adiamond with greater confidence; whether you are shopping for an engagement ring, wedding oranniversary band, or simply a beautiful piece of diamond jewelry to commemorate an important
moment. The greater your awareness of the elements that determine diamond quality, the betterchances of knowing what you want, getting exactly what you are after, and deriving lastingpleasure from it. - What is diamond? Chemically speaking, a diamond is the simplest of all gemstones. A diamond is plain, crystallizedcarbon; the same substance, chemically, as the soot left on the inside of a glass globe after theburning of a candle; it is the same substance used in lead pencils. The diamond differs from these in its crystal form, which gives it the desirable properties havemade it so highly prized; its hardness, which gives it unsurpassed wear-ability; its brilliance; and itsfire. (But note that while diamond is the hardest natural substance known, it can be chipped orbroken if hit hard from certain angles, and if the "girdle" has been cut too thin it can be chippedwith even a modest blow.) The transparent white colorless) diamond is most popular variety, but diamond also occurs incolors. When color is prominent it is called a fancy diamond. Diamond is frequently found in niceyellow and brown shades. Diamond color such as pink, light blue, light green, and lavender occurmuch more rarely. In diamonds, the colors seen are usually pastel. Deep diamond colors in huesof red, green, and dark blue are extremely rare. Historically, most colored diamonds have sold formore than their colorless counterparts, except for light yellow or brown varieties. Yellow or brownin very pale shades may not be fancy diamonds but off color stones that are very common and sellfor much less than colorless diamonds or those with true "fancy" color. In addition to natural color diamonds, "fancies" that have obtained their color artificially, throughexposure to certain types of radiation and heating techniques, are readily available. The bill ofsale (and any accompanying certification appraisal, etc.) should specify whether the color isnatural or induced. If induced, the price should be much less, although the gem will often be justas beautiful as one with a natural color. - The four factors that determine diamond valueDiamond quality and value are determined by four factors. These are called the "Four C's." If wewere to rank then based on their important in determining the value of a diamond, we would listthem as follows: - Color (body color) - Clarity (degree of flawlessness) - Cutting and proportioning (often referred to as the make) - Carat weight (which affects the size) In terms of determining beauty, however, we would rank them in a different order: 1. Cutting and proportioning 
2. Color 3. Clarity 4. Carat weight Tips on getting the diamond you really want, within your budget If you have an unlimited budget, you may feel it's important to have a large stone of the finestquality available; a "D" flawless with an ideal make. But for most of us who must work within alimited budget, selecting the correct ring is a matter of learning how to juggle, and discoveringwhat factors will best meet our needs, emotional as well as financial. - In diamonds, go for color and sparkle first If you have a limited budget, you have to compromise on something; either the size, color, clarity(flaw grade), or liveliness. Of these four factors, one can see size, color, and liveliness. In termsof what most people notice on the finger, the clarity is the least important in our opinion.Personally, on a limited budget we would choose a stone with the best possible color andliveliness personality. What most people don't understand is that even in SI2 diamonds, flaws are not really noticeablewhen the diamond is being worn and, in most cases, can't be seen at all without using a magnifier.In fact, if you take a well cut one carat D-color and FL (Flawless)-clarity diamond and hold it nestto a well cut one carat D/SI2 diamond, you will not see any difference with the naked eye. Contraryto what many think, it is not the clarity grade that determines how lively an brilliant a diamond willbe, But its cut and proportioning. And you may feel much more sparkling yourself if you can spend$7,500 for a diamond, D/SI2, that could look like a $36,000, D/IF, diamond to anyone without amagnifier! The diamond brilliance and liveliness is as important as its color. After all, that's what sets thegem apart from glass and cheap imitations. A well cut diamond has more sparkle; more brillianceand "fire," than any other gem. But the key to the sparkle is in its being well cut. We have seendiamonds that were so badly cut that they had no life at all. In fact, one might just as well belooking at a piece of glass. For this reason, we prefer diamonds with very fine makes. Diamonds that are cut to look a littlelarger than they actually are can also be pretty, but when they are cut too spread, they will belifeless. In our opinion, we'd rather buy a diamond that's cut exceptionally well; a diamond thatreally dances before the eye, even though it costs more. Because it does cost more, we wouldconsider lowering the color grade a little in exchange for the best possible "make," or coming downin size a little. As you shop around, be sure to pay attention to the way a diamond is cut. Ask tosee diamonds with "ideal" makes. You'll soon be able to spot differences in brilliance andliveliness. Then your eye will help you find the right balance for your own budget. - A small difference in points can make a big difference in dollars. The cost of a diamond increases significantly when it reaches the full, 1 carat weight. However,

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