This article is for anybody looking to buy diamonds from stores either online or offline.
Sometimes, It becomes tedious for customers just how difficult it is to juggle all the information when figuring out for a good price. My team and I have so much experience selecting diamonds (each of us selects hundreds every month), navigating the minefield becomes second nature for us.
For example, if you were to ask us for a 1-carat round diamond to put in a halo, it would take me about 15 seconds to find this gorgeous diamond from our inventory for you. But searching on your own can be excruciating and filled with doubt. If you want a little peace of mind, feel free to contact us for some personal advice.
If you’ve been around our site before, you’ll see that we generally recommend buying from an authentic source. We felt that consumer awareness is important for us and we have tried our best to build this guide.
FOLLOW THESE 7 STEPS TO GET THE BEST DIAMOND POSSIBLE:
1. Choose your Carat Weight Range
2. Choose your Diamond Shape
3. Choose the Cut Quality
4. Choose the Ideal Color Grade
5. Choose the Optimal Clarity Grade
6. Make Smart Choices about Fluorescence, Polish & Symmetry
7. Choose the Right Certificate
1. CHOOSE YOUR CARAT WEIGHT RANGE
This is probably the most important question you will ask yourself when buying a diamond, because compared to all the other factors, carat weight has the greatest effect on a diamond’s price.
Additionally, carat weight is of supreme importance because this is what will primarily determine the size of the diamond you buy. What are your fiance-to-be’s expectations? We leave the math to you!
2. CHOOSE YOUR DIAMOND SHAPE
The second most important issue you’ll have to figure out when buying a diamond is what diamond shape is your dear one expecting? The answer to this question is purely a matter of aesthetics.
If you simply can’t get the answer, and you absolutely do not want to ask her, then the safest bet is the Round Brilliant.
Rounds are the most common diamond shape by far. Our inventory has full of Rounds and are equally sold as hot cakes.
3. CHOOSE THE CUT QUALITY
The first two questions simply set the stage for the real technical decisions. Now that you know how big of a stone you need and what shape it should be, you need to decide on the Cut Quality.
Cut Quality will also have a notable effect on the price of a diamond. Choosing a cut quality can be tricky, however, since cut grades are not standardized at all across the different vendors.
Some vendors only offer a cut grade on their round diamonds and base them on the certificate’s cut grade (with the exception of AGS, the labs do not offer cut grades on fancy shapes).
Different Labs – Different Cut Grades
Other vendors disregard the certificate’s cut grade altogether on rounds and fancy shapes, and use their own matrix of cut grades based on the diamonds’ measurements.
Combining these different strategies in a meaningful way is difficult to say the least. Whenever possible, you should use the certificate’s cut grade over and above the individual site’s cut grade. All our diamonds are graded by GIA, IGI and HRD.
Moolagundam Diamonds's Advice
We advice for cut grade is this: If you are looking for a round brilliant diamond, only search for “Ideal/Excellent” grade diamonds. If you are searching for a fancy shape, however, then it might pay to either include “Premium” or to disregard the cut grade altogether.
This is not to say that cut grade is not important – on the contrary, it’s of utmost importance. It’s simply saying that many vendors don’t correctly report fancy shape cut grades, so why filter out many results from your search which might be great choices.
If you still need help, write us an email with your requirement to email@example.com. Let us help you in selecting the right diamond for you.
4. CHOOSE THE IDEAL COLOR GRADE
More so than a Diamond’s Clarity, a Diamond’s Color has a serious effect on both a diamond’s appearance and price.
It is important to remember that different shapes reflect color at different strengths, so your choice of optimal color, balancing the diamond’s appearance with the diamond’s price, will depend greatly on what diamond shape you’ve chosen.
5. CHOOSE THE OPTIMAL CLARITY GRADE
As opposed to Color and Carats, We like to think about Clarity not in terms of a sliding scale of grades, but as a binary grade. What we mean by this is that all we care about when evaluating clarity is whether or not a loose diamond is clean to the naked eye.
If you have any doubt as to whether or not a stone’s inclusion pattern will be clean to the naked eye or not, please feel free to contact us.
6. MAKE SMART CHOICES ABOUT FLUORESCENCE, POLISH, AND SYMMETRY
These will also affect a stone’s value (but not necessarily its appearance) to some degree, although much less so than the factors mentioned above. An in-depth discussion of each of these three factors are beyond scope of this article but, we promise that we will cover about them in coming future.
7. CHOOSE THE RIGHT CERTIFICATE
Certificates are proof for the quality of diamond you purchase. There are institutes like GIA, IGI, AGS and HRD issue certificates for the polished diamonds and grade them on above mentioned factors. These institutes acknowledge the craftmanship and assure buyers are buying genuine diamonds from stores.